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NAHC Report: Issue# 2249, 8/6/2013
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Rate Rebasing in Medicare Home Health Services: A Review of the 2014 HHPPS Proposed Rate Rule White Paper Now Available
A Legislative Update on the Home Health Rebasing Sign-on Letter
For Your Information: NAHC’s Chairman of the Board of Directors and NAHC’s President Urge Members and Public to Vote Now for the Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year
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Rate Rebasing in Medicare Home Health Services: A Review of the 2014 HHPPS Proposed Rate Rule White Paper Now Available

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) recently published a white paper entitled, Rate Rebasing in Medicare Home Health Services: A Review of the 2014 HHPPS Proposed Rate Rule, which offers home health care providers an in-depth look at how CMS’ proposed rebasing rules will affect them. Below are some excerpts from the white paper:

Background

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA) requires that Medicare reset or rebase the home health services episode payment rate beginning in 2014 and phased-in proportionately over a four (4) year period. The legislative mandate provides some direction to Medicare on the factors required to be considered in the calculation of the rebased payment rate.

MedPAC recommended that home health services payment rates be rebased because of significant changes in the nature of the services provided during the 60 episode of care along with what it perceived to be “overpayments” for services evidenced by continuing double-digit Medicare margins in comparison to costs. The average episode of care in the base year used for rate setting involved 37 visits primarily made up of nursing and home health aide services while the current care utilization in an episode is less than 20 visits with few aide services and significantly more therapy visits. From 2001 through 2011, MedPAC’s calculation of margins shows freestanding HHAs with an average ranging from 16-18%

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NAHC’s Chairman of the Board of Directors and NAHC’s President Urge Members and Public to Vote Now for the Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year

Andrea Devoti, Chair of NAHC’s Board of Directors and Val J. Halamandaris, NAHC’s President both issues videos urging NAHC members and the public to vote for their choice for Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year.

To view the videos, please click here.

The winner will be announced and honored at NAHC’s Annual Meeting, which is being held this year in Washington, DC between October 31 and November 3.

To read more about the candidates and vote for the Home Care & Hospice Nurse of the Year, please click here.

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A Legislative Update on the Home Health Rebasing Sign-on Letter

Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI), Morgan Griffith (R-VA), Trey Radel (R-FL), Michael Burgess (R-TX), and Bill Shuster (R-PA) have added their names to the House bipartisan home health rebasing sign on letter to CMS.  Congratulations to NAHC members in Wisconsin, Virginia, Florida, Texas, and Pennsylvania for encouraging members of your state’s Congressional delegation to add their names to this letter.

Democratic Senators Debbie Stabinow (D-MI), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Mark Begich (D-AK), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) have added their names to the Senate Democratic home health rebasing sign on letter to CMS.  Congratulations Vermont, Alaska, Hawaii, and Louisiana.

For more information on the rebasing issue, as well as to learn what other Members of Congress have signed onto the rebasing letter and how you can take action, please click here for a previous NAHC Report article.

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