Mid-April 2019
From the Executive Director
Over the last two weeks, I have spent a lot of time in the State House talking about  S.23 , the minimum wage bill. At every opportunity, I have asked legislators to protect vulnerable Vermonters by ensuring that if they pass the bill, they also fund the Medicaid programs that will be impacted by the bill.
At the greatest risk is Vermont’s long-term care system – home health agencies, adult day facilities and nursing homes and others – who serve frail, elderly Vermonters who can no longer care for themselves without help.
In recent testimony, a coalition of providers put forward a proposal to obligate legislators to fund the approximately 7 percent annual minimum wage growth rates called for in the bill.
Federal Update
Home health agencies across the country are gearing up for a major overhaul of the home health Medicare payment model that is slated to go into effect on January 1, 2020. It’s the biggest change to federal payment policy is decades. To prepare, VNAs of Vermont members recently attended a regional conference sponsored by our federal partners at the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC). NAHC is also sponsoring a series of webinars for home health agencies. The organization also has a 5 1/2-hour video course designed to familiarize agencies with the first steps toward PDGM success. Closer to home, the VNAs of Vermont is working in partnership with our New Hampshire colleagues on an education series for coders aimed at preparing them to bill under the new model. 
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