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Home health’s popularity grows on the Hill

As the Senate took a second look at the ramifications of the Health Care Financing Administration’s (HCFA) Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) documentation, two other hearings were destined for the Senate chambers.

"What’s Ailing Home Care: An Examination of the Problems Facing the Home Health Industry Today," was held June 10 before the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs and examined the cumulative effect of the Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) and HCFA’s regulatory initiatives on home health. Among the topics covered were the interim payment system, medical review policies and procedures, and the 15-minute billing requirement.

A second hearing heard by the Senate Committee on Finance examined the BBA’s impact on Medicare fee-for-service.