Home care providers are pushing lawmakers to pass current legislation that would postpone scheduled cuts to home-based primary care. 

“We are concerned about the risk to access to primary care services for elderly, chronically ill patients and the sustainability of home-based primary care practices,” said Theresa Soriano, president of the American Academy of Home Care Medicine. “The time has come to protect seniors and shift care into the home, where people want to be, with their families and loved ones.”

The reductions, which are part of the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for next year, will reduce payments for home-based primary care visits by 8 to 10%. They are scheduled to start Jan. 1.