On Tuesday, July 25, 2017, CMS issued the CY 2018 Home Health Proposed Rule. Effective for home health episodes of care ending on or after January 1, 2018, the rule updates the Home Health Prospective Payment Systems (HH PPS) payment rates including the national, standardized 60-day episode payment rates, the national per-visit rates,Continue Reading
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,
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:
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.
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,
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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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).
Is Your Current System Adequate for Your Agency’s Needs?
The following article is the final part in a three-part series written by Tim Rowan, Founder & President of Rowan Consulting Associates. In part 2, Tim goes deeper into The Business Planning Process. In this exciting final installment, Tim breaks down the System Plan outline for you.