The Medicare Adult Day Services Act of 2012 (H.R. 6476) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday, September 24, 2012 by Representative Linda Sanchez (D-CA).
If passed the legislation would:
- Expand Medicare beneficiaries care options by adding skilled nursing, rehabilitation and social services in an Adult Day Services Center;
- Provide opportunity to improve outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries at a reduced cost;
- Enable working caregivers to continue to work while their loved ones receive skilled services to recuperate from an acute illness with the flexible hours of a Medicare Adult Day Services Center;
- Allow patients who qualify for home health services or nursing homes under Medicare to use adult day care as an option for care;
- Not expand eligibility: it simply allows qualified patients to choose adult day services;
- Save Medicare dollars because it would pay adult day care providers 98% of the home health rate while adding more choice to Medicare recipients;
- Require the Medicare Certified Adult Day Services Center to meet the standards of nationally recognized accrediting agencies;
- Require the Medicare Certified Adult Day Services Center to comply with all applicable state and local building and fire codes;
- Require that services in a Medicare Certified Adult Day Services Center be ordered by a physician who approves the plan of care;
- Allow a Medicare certified home health agency to operate a Medicare Certified Adult Day Services Center if they become certified and follow the regulations for the program.
Representative Sanchez introduced a previous version of the Bill in 2009 which garnered support of 98 co-sponsors, and other 100 national and state consumer and provider organizations.