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NAHC Report: Issue# 2315, 11/14/2013
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CMS’ Home Health Rebasing Rule Deadline is Fast Approaching; NAHC Urges All its Members to Contact their Senators, Representative and the White House to Oppose the Proposed Rule
VA delays Effective Date to Implement Payment Methodologies for Home Health and Hospice Providers
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CMS’ Home Health Rebasing Rule Deadline is Fast Approaching; NAHC Urges All its Members to Contact their Senators, Representative and the White House to Oppose the Proposed Rule

The final home health rebasing rule is due out no later than November 27. Many NAHC members have thus far weighed in with their Senators and Representatives about this flawed and potentially devastating proposed rebasing rule, and there are indications that the home care message is getting through to the Congress and the Administration. The rule is currently being reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) at the White House.

As NAHC Report has previously reported, CMS proposes to further reduce Medicare home health payments by the maximum amount permitted by the rebasing provision in the Affordable Care Act – 3.5 percent annually from 2014 to 2017 – totaling a 14 percent cut over the next four years. Analysis of the proposed rule reveals that a 14 percent reduction in home health reimbursement would result in a cut of $22 billion over 10 years.

With the November 27 deadline fast approaching, NAHC’s legislative and advocacy team strongly encourages all home care advocates to contact their elected officials and share the negative ramifications the proposed rebasing rule will have on access to home health services in their home states and districts.

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VA delays Effective Date to Implement Payment Methodologies for Home Health and Hospice Providers

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has issued a rule that delays the effective date for the billing methodology for non-VA providers of home health services and hospice care. In the May 6, 2013 Federal Register, the VA published a final rule which established a November 15, 2013 effective date to change the billing methodology for non-VA providers of home health services and hospice care that have not negotiated a rate with the VA. This announcement delays that effective date to April 1, 2014.

On February 18, 2010, the VA issued a proposed rule to implement certain payment methodologies for all non-VA inpatient and outpatient health care professionals and providers, which included paying according to Medicare fee schedules and prospective payment systems, as applicable. When the final rule was published on December 17, 2010, however, the regulation included an exception for implementing the payment methodologies for home health and hospice services.

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