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Home Health

This section contains important advocacy and regulatory information for nonprofit Medicare certified home health service providers reimbursed under Medicare Parts A and B, Medicare Advantage and the Veterans Administration. LeadingAge provides updates on funding and regulations that impact Medicare Certified home health, research reports released about Medicare Certified home health, and resources and information to assist not for profit Medicare Certified home health providers to operate quality services and remain financially viable in a competitive market.

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CMS Home Health Proposed Rule Includes Major Change to Face-to-Face Requirement

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on July 1, 2014 released its CY 2015 home health proposed rule (CMS-1611-P), which included eliminating the current regulation that requires the face-to-face encounter to include a narrative to explain why the clinical findings of the encounter support that the patient is homebound and in need of skilled services.

Home Health Electronic Clinical Template Being Developed By CMS

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has developed a Suggested Electronic Clinical Template that includes a list of clinical elements that would allow electronic health record vendors to create prompts to assist physicians when documenting the Home Health (HH) face-to-face encounter.

Fostering Independence Through Technology Act of 2013

The Fostering Independence Through Technology Act of 2013 (S. 596) has been introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). This bipartisan bill calls on the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)to implement remote monitoring pilot projects within Medicare to provide incentives to home health agencies to use home monitoring and communications technologies.

What’s Next: A 5-Star Rating System for Home-Health Agencies

By the end of 2014 or beginning of 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will create a 5-star rating system for home-health agencies using a subsets of measures. The rating will be calculated from selected measures currently displayed on Home Health Compare.

Home Health Care Planning and Improvement Act

Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz (D-PA) and Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) introduced the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (H.R. 2504), bipartisan legislation that improves access to home health services under Medicare.