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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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CY 2016 Home Health PPS Proposed Rule Ties Payments To Quality

On July 6, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the CY 2016 Home Health Prospective Payment System (PPS) proposed rule. Besides the rate adjustment, CMS announced a proposal to launch the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing model to test whether incentives for better care can improve outcomes in the delivery of home health services.

CMS Releases First Round of Home Health Compare Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings

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.

CMS Extends Moratorium on Home Health Agencies In 6 Areas

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.

Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act of 2015 Introduced

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.

Home Health: New Proposed Physician Templates May Improve Documentation

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is assessing the possibility of developing voluntary clinical templates to assist physicians with accurate documentation of their encounters with Medicare patients concerning the need for home health services.