Letter to a legislator – 1 page

  • Federal or state budget impact.
  • Organizational or community budget impact.
  • Pros and or cons for your profession.
  • Effect of the policy on patients and their families, including access, finance, and outcomes.
  • A minimum of 5 scholarly sources must be used

“For this course, I have chosen to focus on the policy Medicare and Medicaid Program: Conditions of Participation for Home Health Agencies. I want to increase the guidelines required for home healthcare agencies to ensure consistency across the board. In the end, the goal is to provide safe and quality care to all home health patients. U.S. Congressman Michael McCaul represents the 10th district of the state of Texas, where I reside. He has previously participated in matters related to healthcare, so I think he would best respond to my letter. I want to discuss the inaccuracies and variability in this current policy. Because of a lack of universal guidelines across the board, some home healthcare agencies aren’t properly regulated. This puts patients and their families at unnecessary risk. This lack of uniformity also increases the prices of healthcare as medicare and medicaid won’t cover all expenses (Roberts et al., 2021).  I am hoping that Mr. McCaul will understand the need to protect our citizens and ensure that they are well taken care of. I am also hoping to prevent unnecessary lawsuits and deaths. Varying policies are a hinderance to the delivery of safe and quality care (Hignett et al., 2018). I will urge him to take action before serious complications arise. 

References

Hignett, S., Lang, A., Pickup, L., Ives, C., Fray, M., McKeown, C., … & Bowie, P. (2018). More holes than cheese. What prevents the delivery of effective, high quality and safe health care in England?. Ergonomics61(1), 5-14.

Roberts, E. T., Glynn, A., Cornelio, N., Donohue, J. M., Gellad, W. F., McWilliams, J. M., & Sabik, L. M. (2021). Medicaid Coverage ‘Cliff’Increases Expenses And Decreases Care For Near-Poor Medicare Beneficiaries: Study examines near-poor Medicare beneficiaries access to supplemental coverage and the impact on their out-of-pocket expenses and use of health care. Health Affairs40(4), 552-561.”

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