A Guide To Home Health Value-Based Purchasing

BACKGROUND
In recent years, the Medicare home health program has grown quickly, both in cost and the number of patients served. In 2009, 3.3 million Medicare beneficiaries received Medicare home health services, resulting in $18.9 billion in Medicare payments. While the Medicare home health program continues to expand, there is mounting concern that the existing payment system does not offer the necessary incentives to provide high-quality,

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2017 Home Health Final Rule Published

CMS released the 2017 Home Health Final Rule on October 31, 2016. The payment rate portion of the rule is consistent with the proposed rule, with only minor modifications, resulting in a slight rate reduction from 2016 rates.
Some important items about the 2017 Home Health Final Rule to note:
Outlier Calculations
HHAs who have a high volume of outlier visits may see a decrease in their payment amount due to the methodology change for calculation of outlier payments.

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HEALTHCAREfirst Releases Future of Home Health White Paper

We are pleased to announce the release of a new future of home health white paper white paper that takes a look at the current state of the home health industry and proposes new solutions for success.
The white paper, “The Future of Home Health: A New Approach to Success,” was developed to identify the challenges faced by home health agencies now and in the future,

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Value Based Purchasing Information and Important Dates

Home Health Providers Should Be Aware
Value Based Purchasing (VBP) is the new payment model, authorized under the Affordable Care Act, to improve health outcomes and value by tying home health payments to quality performance. As of January 1, 2016, all Medicare-certified home health providers (HHP) that provide services in Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, Florida, Washington,

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VBPHH Model: Value Based Purchasing Proposed for Home Health

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CMS issued its annual proposal to adjust home health PPS rates in the Federal Register on July 10, 2015. In addition to revisions to the home health PPS case-mix weights and reductions to the national, standardized 60-day episode payment rate, CMS announced its plans to introduce a Home Health VBPHH model (Value-Based Purchasing).

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