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CMS Proposes New Requirements for Discharge Planning
House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health Approves Legislation Requiring Electronic Visit Verification for Medicaid Personal Care Services
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CMS Proposes New Requirements for Discharge Planning

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule to revise the discharge planning requirements that acute care hospitals (ACH), long-term care hospitals (LTCH), inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRF), critical access hospitals (CAH), and home health agencies (HHAs), must meet in order to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

The proposed rule was issued, for the most part, to implement the discharge planning requirements in the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act). The Act requires CMS to modify the conditions of participation (CoPs) and subsequent interpretive guidance to require providers to take into account quality, resource use, and other measures in the discharge planning process. Specifically, the discharge planning regulations must address the settings to which a patient may be discharged and emphasizes the importance of considering the patient’s goals and preferences as part of the discharge planning process.

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House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health Approves Legislation Requiring Electronic Visit Verification for Medicaid Personal Care Services
Subcommittee Approves EVV Measure Along with Several Medicaid-related Billss

The House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a mark-up approving several Medicaid-related bills on Wednesday, November 4, including a measure (H.R. 2446) requiring states to use electronic visit verification (EVV) for Medicaid personal care services. The bill would penalize any state that does not require the use of an electronic visit verification system for personal care and home care services. For any such state, the legislation would reduce the Federal medical assistance percentage by 0.25 percentage points for calendar quarters in 2018 and 2019; by 0.5 percentage points for calendar quarters in 2020; by 0.75 percentage points for calendar quarters in 2021; and by 1 percentage point  for calendar quarters in 2022 and each year thereafter. The legislation has not yet received consideration by the full committee or the full House of Representatives.

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