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.
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.
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.
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.
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.