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Federal and State Advocacy: How are They Different? What are the Big Issues? Cassie Sauer, Senior VP, Advocacy and Government Affairs Chelene Whiteaker, Policy Director, Member Advocacy
Increase your understanding of issues on the advocacy agenda at the state and federal level Get you more engaged in advocacy at the federal level, especially with our Senators Answer any questions you may have about our work Goals
Washington State vs. Washington D.C.
Advocacy in Washington, D.C.
Further away, less time in district – but more recesses Full-time job Slower process with unclear beginnings, middles, and ends Larger geographic area to serve Sometimes more issue specialization Every vote counts Washington D.C.
“A House Divided”
U.S. Representatives: Democrats
U.S. Representatives: Republicans
Problem: CMS decided only hospital stays that span over two midnights will be considered inpatient stays Legislation: Delays enforcement of “Two-Midnight” policy Tasks CMS with new payment policy Co-sponsors: Representatives DelBene, Larsen, Kilmer, McMorris Rodgers, Reichert Neither Senator has co-sponsored the bill Two Midnight Rule: S and H.R. 3698
Problem: As part of the CMS conditions of payment, physicians at CAHs must certify that a Medicare beneficiary is reasonably expected to be at the hospital less than 96 hours. Patients would have to be transferred if they require more than 96 hours of care. Legislation: Repeals the 96-hour rule for payment purposes Cosponsors: Representatives McMorris Rodgers, Hastings, and Kilmer Neither Senator has co-sponsored the bill 96-Hour Rule: S and H.R. 3991
Physician Supervision: S H.R Problem: CMS changed the physician supervision requirement for therapeutic outpatient services to “direct” instead of “general” Legislation: Adopts a “general” supervision requirement for therapeutic outpatient services Cosponsors: Representatives McMorris Rodgers, Heck Neither Senator has co-sponsored the bill Senate passed a delay for one year
Program provides steep discounts to safety-net providers, including CAHs Problem: The pharmaceutical industry would like to see it scaled back A few hospitals may be abusing the program, making it vulnerable WSHA recently met with key Republicans about its importance 340B Drug Discount Program
Reducing Cost, Improving Quality: Early Elective Deliveries
Reducing Cost, Improving Quality: Central Line Bloodstream Infections
Respond to requests for action Consider a trip with us to D.C. Let us know your interest in an in-district meeting with your colleagues Host a Congressional staff member Deliver a PAC check How You Can Get Involved
Montana Demonstration: Frontier Community Health Integration Demonstration Project
A new provider type and a new COP under which all services would be integrated A single payment system Incentives to improve the quality of care such as pay-for- performance and shared savings Increased use of telehealth and electronic medical records Increased emphasis on care transitions and care coordination Additional beds for long-term care services by raising the CAH bed limit from 25 to 35 Incentives to increase community-based care by utilizing visiting nurses and strengthening home health services Montana Demonstration: What the Association Wanted
Cost-based payment of the originating CAH’s facility fee for telemedicine services Medicare reimbursement to a CAH originating site and a distant site provider tor telehealth services furnished using asynchronous “store and forward” technology Waiving the 35-mile rule for cost-base reimbursement of ambulance services furnished by a CAH An increase in the bed limit for CAHs from 25 to 35 for SNF or NF-level services Enhanced payment rates for home health providers to account for the costs of traveling extended distances to provide services Montana Demonstration: What the Association Got
13 applicants in four states Washington not eligible Not as far as advocates hoped, but an interesting start Took a lot of Congressional pressure Montana Demonstration: Status
Associations would need to bring member task force together Use our legislative leadership to shepherd it through Requires legislation and funding Might happen, might not Interest? How Could We Move a Washington/Oregon Demonstration?
Advocacy in Olympia
Closer, lots of time in district Sometimes have another job Speedy process with clear deadlines and adjournment dates Smaller geographic area to serve Tend to want to know about more issues Every vote counts Olympia
Long session New leadership (4/5 of key players) has more experience Majority Coalition – interesting political dynamics Who wins the Senate? Coming State Legislative Session
Budget-writing session – House and Senate will likely differ on willingness to spend Revenue forecast likely better, but not great Supreme Court mandates: – more education funding – threatening ruling recently – more mental health funding? Smoke pot! State Budget Overview
Telemedicine Mental health investments and system improvements Increasing transparency Inmates and suspects Crisis standards of care What We’ll Work On - Proactive
Nurse staffing bills Clinic fees Partnerships and affiliations (particularly PHDs) What We’ll Work On - Defensive
Lawsuit over new Certificate of Need rule Judge ruled in favor of WSHA Revert to current Certificate of Need rule Unclear if the case will be appealed Do we want to reform CON? WSHA v. DOH
Respond to requests for action Come to Olympia to testify or meet with your legislators Schedule an in-district meeting by yourself or with your colleagues Don’t forget to highlight care improvements here too! Deliver a PAC check How You Can Get Involved
It is an honor to represent you. Thank you for all your help in making our advocacy program successful!
Cassie Sauer Senior Vice President, Advocacy & Government Affairs 206/ Chelene Whiteaker Director, Member Policy 206/