Home health care providers less mowed than expected

Home health providers have obtained a reduction of more than 50% in the savings claimed from them this summer by the Department of Health.

For once, Marisol Touraine has succeeded in satisfying healthcare professionals. After several weeks of negotiations with the government, home health care providers (HSPs) and manufacturers of medical equipment obtained sharp cuts in savings. , according to an opinion of the Economic Committee for Health Products (CEPS) *, they will ultimately have to achieve “only” 95 million savings in 2017, “the largest contribution that PSADs have ever made”, according to Jean- Philippe Alosi, general delegate of the Federation of PSADs. The Ministry of Health announces, for its part, an amount of 90 million euros in the Social Security Financing Bill 2017. The announcement of the agreement was made by the Ministry of Health which no did not want to go into more detail. “The text will be published in the Official Journal after consultation with the trade unions”, one answers in the entourage of Marisol Touraine. “The agreement we have found is acceptable,” said Jean-Philippe Alosi for his part. The government finally deigned to hear us ”.

This plan of 95 million euros in savings for 2017 includes price cuts in areas such as self-treatment of diabetes, sleep apnea, pressure sore prevention, oral and enteral nutrition, incontinence or orthopedic shoes…. But instead of a tariff cut of between 4% and 10% expected last August, home health providers have obtained a decline of around 1%, or twelve million euros in savings. And no longer fear, as they feared this summer, the loss of thousands of jobs or a shortfall of some 200 million euros. “Companies will be able to assume this price reduction which is less brutal than that which the project notice wanted to impose on us”, explains Jean-Philippe Alosi.

Change of tone in government

For their part, manufacturers of medical equipment are more cautious, believing that “the agreement has not yet been signed”. But they are delighted that the text provides for a drop significantly lower than the drop that was expected. “If the CEPS had not seriously revised its copy downwards, the impact would have been unbearable for certain companies and products, for example in incontinence, would undoubtedly have been withdrawn from the market”, declares Éric Le Roy, Director General of the National Union of the Medical Technology Industry.

While health providers had denounced a “hasty announcement” and a lack of consultation on the part of the government, they welcome the change in tone operated by the Ministry of Health. “We have agreed with the Minister to work on several proposals that we have made, such as consolidating the status of the health care provider and the development of healthcare coverage in the city. Discussions will be open in the coming months, ”concludes Jean-Philippe Alosi. To reach this agreement, the Federation of PSADs had sent an open letter to the President of the Republic and published.

* interministerial body placed under the joint authority of the Ministers of Health and the Economy