Must-Read News: Payment System Overhaul

Happy Monday, Home Health Care News readers. Take a minute to get a head start on your week with our briefing on the industry’s must-read news.

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Last week, the biggest buzz surrounded a proposal for the new prospective payment system (PPS), issued by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Tuesday. The announcement sent alarm bells throughout the industry, as the proposal included another cut to Medicare home health reimbursements for 2018 and a major overhaul of how home health care agencies could be paid in 2019. Most notably, the proposal included the home health groupings model (HHGM).

Read our coverage on the proposal here. HHCN will continue coverage of the new proposed payment system over the coming weeks.

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We also reported on CMS’ most recent market saturation data. See where your state lands.

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In other Medicare news, CMS also announced it will extend the current home health care moratoria on the enrollment of new home health agencies in Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Texas, Pennsylvania and New Jersey “to prevent and combat fraud, waste and abuse,” the agency stated in a rule posted to the Federal Register.

Check out Paul Kusserow, CEO of Amedisys Inc. (Nasdaq: AMED), in this Forbes article on a discussion about the future of health care.

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Written by Amy Baxter

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