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.
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.
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.
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.