On October 29, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the CY 2016 Home Health Prospective Payment System (PPS) final rule. The final rule will be published in the Federal Register on November 5, 2015. The good news is that in the final rule, CMS states that payments to home health providers would be reduced by about 1.4%, or $260 million, instead of the $350 million as proposed in June
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published star ratings on Home Health Compare. According to CMS, the star ratings for Medicare Certified Home Health will help consumers obtain information about a home health agency's performance, and will help the home health agencies by providing data to help identify areas for improvement.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has again extended its moratorium on new home health agencies and new branches of existing home health agencies by 6 months in 6 metropolitan areas.
The Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2015 (S. 578) was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) on Feb. 26. On the U.S. House of Representatives side, Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) and Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL-7) introduced their version, H.R. 1342, on March 6, 2015.
As the result of feedback from stakeholders on several Special Open Door Forums calls on the Face to Face encounter clinical templates, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a notice for public comment for the voluntary home health face to face (F2F) encounter electronic and paper clinical template voluntary progress note.