Recent Legislative Activity

114th Congress

Home Health

S. 1650: Home Health Documentation and Program Improvement Act of 2015 
Introduced by Menendez (D-NJ) and Roberts (R-KS)

  • This legislation would provide home health agencies with retrospective relief for claims denials due to the Medicare documentation requirements for home health services as well as improve the documentation process prospectively.
  • VNAA Advocacy Toolkit

S. 578 / H.R. 1342: The Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2015 

Introduced by: Collins (R-ME) and Shumer (D-NY) in the Senate / Walden (R-OR) and others in the House

  • This legislation would permit nurse practioners to certify patients for home health services. 

H.R. 1458: The Bundling and Coordinating Post-Acute Care (BACPAC) Act 

Introduced by: McKinley (R-WV), Price (R-GA), and McNerney (D-CA)

  • This legislation would develop a bundled payment program under Medicare for purposes of paying for certain post-acute care services.
  • VNAA Letter of Support

H.R.3298: Medicare Post-Acute Care Value-Based Purchasing Act of 2015 
Introduced by: Brady (R-TX)

  • This legislation would provide for value-based purchasing of post-acute care services under the Medicare program.

Hospice, Palliative Care,
& Advanced Care Planning


S. 1549: The Care Planning Act 2015
Introduced by: Warner (D-VA) and Isakson (D-GA)

  • This legislation would provide Medicare coverage for advanced illness care coordination services, develop quality metrics for these services, and require education about the availability of these services.
  • VNAA Letter of Support

H.R. 3119: The Palliative Care Hospice Education and Training Act 

Introduced by:  Engel (D-NY) and  Reed (R-NY)

  • This legislation would establish education centers and career incentive awards to improve the training of doctors, nurses, physician assistants, social workers and other health professionals in palliative care. PCHETA would expand research funding for palliative care and pain and symptom management at the National Institutes of Health. Finally, this bill would direct the implementation of a national education and awareness campaign.


H.R.3037: Hospice Care Access Improvement Act of 2015
Introduced by: Reed (R-NY) and Thompson (D-CA)

  • This legislation would delay implementation of the revised hospice payment model included in the FY 2016 hospice payment rule for two years pending the results of a demonstration program. It would also advance new measures and processes for program integrity, among other provisions.

Health Information Technology
& Interoperability


H.R. 2948: The Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2015
Introduced by: 
Thompson (D-CA-5), Harper (R-MS-3), Black (R-TN-6), and Welch (D-VT- At Large)

  • This legislation would expand specific telehealth services under Medicare though a phased in approach which would include adding home health services amoung other provisions. 

Affordable Care Act &
Other Health Care Legislation


H.R. 379. The National Nurse Act of 2015
Introduced by Johnson (D-TX) and King (R-NY)

  • This legislation would create a "National Nurse for Public Health" and appoint in that position the same individual serving as the Chief Nurse Officer of the Public Health Service.
  • VNAA Letter of Support

S. 704: The Community Based Independence for Seniors Act

Introduced by Grassley (R-IA) and Cardin (D-MD)

  • This legislation would establish a Community-Based Institutional Special Needs Plan demonstration program to provide home and community-based care to eligible Medicare beneficiaries.