Fitzpatrick Call for Bucks Seniors Program Affirmed

Jun 27, 2013 Issues: Congressional Issues, Health
Fitzpatrick Call for Bucks Seniors Program Affirmed

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) released the following statement Thursday regarding the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) decision to continue funding for Doylestown-based Health Quality Partners (HQP) for another 18 months:

“I am pleased that CMS has announced it will continue funding for the proven Health Quality Partners (HQP) program.

Today’s decision reaffirms the innovative work HQP is doing right here in Bucks County in the service of seniors. As a non-profit healthcare organization HQP has taken Medicare Coordinated Care Demonstration Project grant funding and built a successful program to care for the elderly in their homes, as well as a blueprint for other projects run through CMS.

I’ve advocated on HQP’s behalf here in Washington- asking CMS to continue funding for a program that not only best serves our community, but also has been shown to save taxpayer funds and create a more efficient model for all government assisted programs.

Today is a victory for those seniors who receive this invaluable care, HQP as an organization, as well as Doylestown Hospital who has been integral in the program’s success.”

Health Quality Partners was one of 15 health companies to receive a Medicare Coordinated Care Demonstration Project Grant through CMS in 2001. HQP is the final company still in operation- funding was set to expire on June 30 before Thursday’s extension.

HQP utilizes nurses to address the unique healthcare needs of senior enrollees who suffer from heart failure, diabetes, coronary artery disease or chronic lung disease and have been hospitalized in the last year. Visiting nurses work closely with enrollees’ primary care physicians to coordinate vital care.

In a March 2012 advocating for the continuation of funding to HPQ, Fitzpatrick wrote to Maria Martino, director of Congressional Affairs for the CMS, detailing the program’s success — a 39 percent reduction in patient hospitalizations, a 37 percent drop in emergency room visits and decreases to Medicare reimbursement costs by 28 percent.

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Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.