Volume XXXI, Number 6
June 2016

Texans Descend on U.S. Capitol for Congressional Briefing

More than a dozen THCA members pounded the pavement at the U.S. Capitol last month to advocate for the needs of long term care.

The visits were part of the American Health Care Association’s annual Congressional Briefing on May 24, which brings providers and advocates from across the nation to lobby Congress.

THCA members met personally with Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin); Congressman Michael Burgess (R-Flower Mound); Congressman Gene Green (D-Houston); and Congressman Kevin Brady (R-The Woodlands), who chairs the House Ways & Means Committee. In addition, THCA members met with staff members for both Texas senators and seven more members of the state’s congressional delegation.

Among the issues THCA members discussed with at the Capitol were:

  1. Defining individuals on observations status as in-patients with respect to the Medicare three-day stay requirement.
  2. Establishing a value based purchasing system that would balance cost containment with measurable quality advancement.
  3. Extending funding through CMS for the Texas Minimum Payment Amounts Program (MPAP).

THCA members also talked about quality improvements being made in facilities and the importance of long  term care to the economies of Texas and each congressional district.

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If you have any questions about the THCA Commitment to Care Initiative or would like to share your facilities successes please contact Gloria Bean-Williams by email or call (512) 458-1257.

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