On September 23rd, State of the Heart Care had the opportunity to host Congressman Warren Davidson at the Greenville, OH office. Davidson is a United States Representative serving Ohio’s 8th District. Davidson was appointed to fill Rep. John Boehner’s seat in June 2016, and was elected to the position in November of 2016. The Congressman was in Greenville for the State of the Nation Legislative Luncheon hosted by the Darke County Chamber of Commerce.
State of the Heart staff and board members took the opportunity to talk about the roots of the agency, where we are now, and where we are headed. “It was a great opportunity to reflect the important hospice services we have provided in our communities for the past 37 years,” shared Kristi Strawser, Executive Director of State of the Heart Care. “We also were able to share with Congressman Davidson how legislation is affecting the hospice and palliative care services we provide.” In addition to changing reimbursement rates, an important issue right now in the hospice world is the Medicare Advantage “carve-in,” which would have a significant impact on the hospice community. According to NHPCO (National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization), Medicare Advantage plans could not only undermine the autonomy of the hospice medical director, but could also threaten the financial stability and viability of hospice programs.
State of the Heart Care is a nonprofit organization, which comes with its own unique set of financial challenges. As an organization, we don’t turn anyone away due to their inability to pay. As an agency, it is critical that we are keenly aware of any potential changes in healthcare that are coming down the pike. Opportunities such as hosting a congressman and sharing our concerns with him are very important. We would like to thank Sharon Deschambeau and everyone with the Darke County Chamber of Commerce for setting up this meeting. “We were very honored to host a tour and visit of our agency to Congressman Warren Davidson.” Strawser stated.