NAHC President Responds to CMS’ Final Rule on Home Health Payment Rate
November 2, 2014 09:48 AM
Val J. Halamandaris, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) recently responded to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) final rule on the home health payment rate, the face-to-face encounter regulation and more.
“We are delighted that CMS has heard and acted upon our recommendations to eliminate the daunting physician narrative requirement in the face-to-face encounter rule,” said NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris. “NAHC will continue fighting for the industry to get relief for past claims denied since this change only applies starting January 1.”
On June 5, 2014, after extensive meetings with the highest levels of CMS officials, NAHC reluctantly filed a lawsuit to block a proposed regulation that would deny patients access to home health services.
Halamandaris also praised CMS for its modification of requirements on patient assessments regarding therapy services. “We applaud CMS for accepting the recommendations of therapists and home health agencies nationwide to streamline the therapy reassessment standards in a manner that achieves quality of care, efficiencies, and program integrity,” he stated.
To read more on CMS’ Final Rule on Home Health Payment Rates, please click here.