Rep. Lynn Jenkins sends letter to HHS Secretary over controversial "Direct Supervision" rule

By  | 

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Rep. Lynn Jenkins says she's trying to repeal new regulations that she says are burdensome to rural Kansas hospitals.

Lynn Jenkins, along with Iowa Rep. Dave Loebsack, sent a letter to acting Secretary of Health and Human Services Don Wright, asking him to prevent Medicare's enforcement of "direct supervision" rules for outpatient therapy services at Critical Access Hospitals.

Under current regulations, hospitals must perform most outpatient therapeutic services under the direct supervision of a physician or non-physician practitioner, which can be a challenge for rural hospitals due to an already low number of available health providers and the costs that come with it.

Jenkins says the hospitals that are affected are the lifeblood of our community.

54 other members of the House of Representatives signed the letter. To read the full letter, click here.