CMS issues final outpatient PPS rule

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Nov. 1 announced it will update the hospital outpatient prospective payment system rates by 1.35% in calendar year 2018 compared to CY 2017. The rule also finalizes CMS’s proposal to drastically cut Medicare payment for drugs that are acquired under the 340B... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 340B, Drug Pricing Program, Medicare, regulation, home health

CMS releases home health final rule for CY 2018

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today released the final rule for the home health prospective payment system for calendar year 2018. For CY 2018, the rule decreases net HH payments by 0.4 percentage points, or $80 million, relative to CY 2017. This includes a 1.0% update to current rates, as... read more

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Tag: home health

CMS urged to address concerns with proposed HH payment reform

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The AHA today urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services not to finalize in the calendar year 2018 final rule its proposal to redesign the home health payment system in 2019. “We support the broad goals for the alternative system, known as the Home Health Groupings Model, and appreciate that it... read more

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Tags: Medicare, regulation, home health

CMS extends ground ambulance, home health moratoria

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today extended for another six months its moratoria on enrollment of new Medicare home health agencies in Florida, Illinois, Michigan and Texas, and on new Part B non-emergency ground ambulance suppliers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Texas. The extension also... read more

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Tags: Medicare, Medicaid, regulation, home health

CMS releases home health proposed rule for CY 2018

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today released the proposed rule for the home health prospective payment system for calendar year 2018, which also proposes major HH PPS refinements for CY 2019. For CY 2018, the rule would decrease net HH payments by 0.4 percentage point, or $80 million,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, regulation, home health

CMS delays new requirements for HH agencies by six months

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today delayed the effective date from July 13, 2017 to Jan. 13, 2018 for its final rule implementing significant changes to the requirements for home health agencies that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, as requested by the AHA. CMS also made... read more

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Tags: Medicare, Medicaid, regulation, home health

Home health pre-claim review demo paused

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on April 1 paused for at least 30 days its home health agency pre-claim review demonstration in Illinois. It also said it would not expand the demonstration to Florida on April 1 as planned. During the pause in the program, Medicare Administrative Contractors... read more

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Tags: Medicare, home health

CMS proposes delaying new requirements for HH agencies by six months

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today proposed delaying the effective date for its final rule implementing significant changes to the requirements for home health agencies that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs from July 13, 2017 to Jan. 13, 2018, as requested by the AHA. CMS... read more

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Tags: Medicare, Medicaid, home health

MedPAC finalizes 2018 payment recommendations for post-acute care

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission yesterday finalized recommendations that Congress forgo increasing or reduce Medicare payment rates in 2018 for home health agencies, skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long-term care hospitals. Citing a 15.6% Medicare... read more

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Tags: Medicare, home health

CMS updates Medicare/Medicaid conditions of participation for HH agencies

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday released a final rule implementing significant changes to the requirements for home health agencies that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Among other changes, the rule expands the standards for patient rights, patient assessments,... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Medicare, Medicaid, regulation, home health

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