2013 Legislative Agenda

Home Health and Hospice Care is the cost-effective solution to providing Connecticut residents with person-centered, quality-driven care at HOME.

Ensure an adequately funded, sustainable, home health care industry in order for the state to successfully right-size and rebalance CT’s Long Term Care System and advance Aging in Place.*

  • Achieve adequate and sustainable provider reimbursement levels that support the cost of long-term care services, supports, and quality requirements to ensure capacity to meet the growing needs and demographics of CT residents.*
  • Capture and reinvest cost savings across the long-term services and supports continuum.*
  • Reinvest savings resulting from Money Follows the Person, the Balancing Incentive program and other emerging Medicaid long-term services and supports programs to enhance the availability and capacity of home and community-based services.*

Enable home health agencies, a major Connecticut employer and job creator, to thrive and continue to be an engine for job creation and revenue growth for the state of Connecticut.

  • Fund and support education and training to ensure an adequate and appropriately skilled home health and hospice workforce to meet the growing need for community- and home-based healthcare.

Reduce regulatory burdens to allow home health care providers to be innovative thought leaders that enhance quality of care, improve the person-centered health experience, and reduce costly and preventable hospitalizations.

  • Position home care and hospice agencies as the provider of choice for chronic care management and care transitions to enhance delivery system coordination and overall cost-effectiveness.
  • Provide expertise to DSS and the Human Services Committee to ensure Medicaid audit practices isolate intentional fraud as opposed to insignificant technical errors which result in time consuming diversion of resources away from direct patient care.
  • Utilize the expertise of behavioral home health providers to enhance community health and safety through clinical management of those with mental illness living in the community.

Heighten Awareness of End-of-Life Options Ultimately Improving Quality of Life for CT Residents.

  • Provide education to physicians and consumers about hospice and palliative care – putting informed choice in the hands of consumers.
  • Require physicians to be current regarding person-centered care and informed choice from birth to death through Continuing Medical Education (CMEs).
  • Maximize the physician-patient relationship and the comfort-level of physicians engaging patients and families in difficult health conversations on topics such as hospice and palliative care.

*Contained in CT LTSS 2013 Report