Important Statement on Medicare Home Health Final Rule

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Thomas Threlkeld
Director of Communications
202-547-7424/ tom@nahc.org

 

Statement of NAHC President William A. Dombi Regarding the Medicare Home Health Rule Issued Today

PLEASE NOTE: The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will present a webinar explaining all important aspects of the Medicare Home Health Rule on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 3:00 PM Eastern. Register here.

(October 31, 2019) CMS late today issued the Final Rule for the 2020 payment model, PDGM, including rates of payment that would start January 1, 2020. The new payment model had been finalized in its design in the 2019 rulemaking cycle. The Final Rule offers some minor tweaks in the payment model and sets out 2020 payment rates. The rule also includes unrelated adjustments in other rules affecting home health, including the 2021 home infusion therapy benefit, quality measures, and the Home Health Value Based Purchasing Demonstration program.

NAHC is greatly heartened by CMS’s modification of the 2020 payment rates to reflect a much more realistic view that any behavior changes in coding or service utilization would not occur instantaneously and in full starting January 1, 2020. In reducing the 2020 adjustment from 8.39% to 4.36%, CMS has given the home health community a chance to safely transition to the dramatically new payment model. NAHC extends its thanks and appreciation the CMS for its thoughtful consideration of the community’s comments in the rulemaking process. We will be working with CMS closely to assess actual behavior changes throughout 2020 and to help develop the standards for determining whether future adjustments may be justified.

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 requires that the home health payment model reform be budget neutral. While it permits behavioral adjustment to payment rates, NAHC believes that assumption-based rate calculation should not occur because of the high risks of error and the creation of an incentive to change behavior solely to maintain Medicare revenues. Instead, NAHC supports adjustments only after actual behavioral changes have occurred. The modifications made by CMS in the behavior adjustment are still based on assumptions, but the revised assumptions are a definite improvement over the proposed ones.

NAHC supports sensible payment reform. While the PDGM payment model reforms include sensible changes, the behavioral adjustment remains a concern, albeit to a reduced level. There is bipartisan, bicameral legislation pending, S. 433 and HR 2573, that can help resolve these concerns fully. A NAHC “thank you” goes out to the sponsors of these bills as they also weighed in with CMS to secure the important and crucial change in the behavior adjustment in the rulemaking process.

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About National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is the voice of home care and hospice. NAHC represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice providers, along with the more than two million nurses, therapists, and aides they employ. These caregivers provide vital services to Americans who are aged, disabled, and ill. Some 12 million patients depend on home care and hospice providers, who depend on NAHC for the best in advocacy, education, and information. NAHC is a nonprofit organization that helps its members maintain the highest standards of care. To learn more, visit nahc.org.

NAHC Will Reschedule “PDGM: Billing In Depth” Webinar Due to Technical Problems

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Thomas Threlkeld
Director of Communications
202-547-7424/ tom@nahc.org

NAHC Will Reschedule “PDGM: Billing In Depth” Webinar Due to Technical Problems

“PDGM: Billing In Depth Webinar Rescheduled for Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 11:00 AM

The webinar “PDGM: Billing In Depth,” expected to be broadcast Thursday, September 26, 2019, experienced substantial technical difficulties and had to be stopped before it began. This webinar has been rescheduled for 11:00am – 1:00pm Eastern Time on Wednesday, October 2, 2019. As always, if that time is not convenient, all registrants may view the recording of the webinar at a later date or time at no extra cost.

NAHC sincerely regrets the inconvenience this has caused to the hundreds of people who signed up to participate in the webinar and we apologize without reservation to each and every one of them. We are rescheduling this webinar so that the home care community will have the opportunity to participate and learn about this extremely important topic. Of course, everyone who registered for today’s webinar will automatically be registered for the rescheduled webinar, at no extra cost.

We also apologize to our superb faculty for this webinar, Melinda Gaboury and Aaron Little, who have contributed so much to the industry’s understanding of this topic and many others. Both Ms. Gaboury and Mr. Little have agreed to return and present their education on October 2 and we are grateful for their patience and participation.

Finally, NAHC apologizes to Manchester Specialty Programs Insurance, who generously provided corporate support for this webinar.

These technical problems will be fixed as quickly as possible and NAHC webinars will return soon. Once again, we apologize for the inconvenience to all and we promise to do better in the future. Thank you for sticking with us and we look forward to seeing you on October 2.

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About National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is the voice of home care and hospice. NAHC represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice providers, along with the more than two million nurses, therapists, and aides they employ. These caregivers provide vital services to Americans who are aged, disabled, and ill. Some 12 million patients depend on home care and hospice providers, who depend on NAHC for the best in advocacy, education, and information. NAHC is a nonprofit organization that helps its members maintain the highest standards of care. To learn more, visit nahc.org.

Prepare for Home Health Payment Reform with “PDGM: Strategies for Success in 2020 and Beyond”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Thomas Threlkeld
Director of Communications
202-547-7424/ tom@nahc.org

Prepare for Home Health Payment Reform with “PDGM: Strategies for Success in 2020 and Beyond”

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is excited to announce the debut of an important new video presentation that will enable home health providers to successfully transition to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model that becomes law on January 1, 2020.

Working with state partners and the leading home health consultants in the United States, NAHC has developed an intensive, in-depth, online training that will prepare you and your entire Medicare home health agency to transition smoothly and successfully to PDGM in 2020 and beyond.

If you weren’t able to attend one of the 12 National Summits across the country, don’t worry. “PDGM: Strategies for Success  in 2020 and Beyond features the same top PDGM experts who educated thousands at our National Summits, and you can learn their insights without leaving your home or office. Even better, for one low price all of your staff can receive the training they need.

This brief video will explain how “PDGM: Strategies for Success in 2020 and Beyond” will help you, your team, and your business.

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Once you’ve watched “PDGM: Strategies for Success in 2020 and Beyond,” we invite you to purchase our webinar series to get a deeper understanding, click here to learn more.

Don’t wait to prepare your business for the biggest change in home health payment of the 21st century! Get “PDGM: Strategies for Success in 2020 and Beyond” today. NAHC members pay only $199 for all five-and-half hours of essential content! (Non-members pay $399.)

(State Association Members can purchase the video here.)

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About National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is the voice of home care and hospice. NAHC represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice providers, along with the more than two million nurses, therapists, and aides they employ. These caregivers provide vital services to Americans who are aged, disabled, and ill. Some 12 million patients depend on home care and hospice providers, who depend on NAHC for the best in advocacy, education, and information. NAHC is a nonprofit organization that helps its members maintain the highest standards of care. To learn more, visit nahc.org.