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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 Finalizes Payment and Regulatory Changes for Home Health for 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in the final rule that that Medicare payments to home health agencies in CY 2015 will be reduced by 0.30 percent, or $60 million. The final rule also addresses the changes to the face to face encounter requirements, therapy visit reassessments, case mix weights, submission of OASIS Assessments, and the qualification for speech language pathologists. CMS also continues to work the development of a Home Health Value-based Purchasing payment system.

Home Health Conditions of Participation: LeadingAge Submits Comments

LeadingAge submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the CMS-3819-Proposed Rule Medicare and Medicaid Program: Conditions of Participation for Home Health Agencies. The Home Health Conditions of Participations issued in 1997 were never finalized, and there are many changes needed to update the Home Health Conditions of Participation to address the changes in our health care delivery system due to health care reform.

RAC Audits Scaled Down by CMS

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on February 20, 2014, that it will scale down current RAC operations to complete all outstanding claims reviews and other processes before current contracts end.

Fostering Independence Through Technology Act of 2013 Introduced in U.S. Senate

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.

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.