CMS Holds its Latest Home Health, Hospice and DME Open Door Forum
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently hosted its most recent Home Health, Hospice, and DME Open Door Forum. A summary of Home Health issues covered is provided below. A summary on the hospice issues that were addressed during the ODF will appear in tomorrow’s NAHC Report.
Home Health Conditions of Participation (HHCoPs)
The proposed rule for the HHCoPs was released October 9, 2014. There is a 60 day open comment period. Comments are due December 8 and can be submitted here.
2015 home health prospective payment system (HHPPS) rate update
On October 30, CMS issued the final rule for the 2015 HHPPS rate update. In the rule, CMS projects that Medicare payments to home health agencies in CY 2015 will be reduced by 0.30 percent, or $60 million. This decrease reflects the effects of the 2.1 percent market basket update and the second year of the four-year phase-in of the rebasing adjustments to the national, standardized 60-day episode payment rate, the national per-visit payment rates, and the non-routine medical supplies (NRS) conversion factor.