Must-Read News: Outpatient Payment Update

Happy Monday, readers. We’re bringing you all the recent must-have news you need to get your week started.

A new rule proposal from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) could have a limited impact on home health care providers that provide hospital outpatient services. The proposal updates the 2018 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and the Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System. Read more about the rule here.

Here’s what you missed last week:

We clued you in that CMS officially delayed the implementation date of the new home health care Conditions of Participation (CoPs). The agency published its final rule to delay the date six months.

We also spoke to Encompass Home Health Care & Hospice about their recruiting and retention strategies for millennials—the generation born between 1980 and 2000. The company was recently designated as a top workplace for millennials in Fortune.

In other Encompass news, HealthSouth (NYSE: HLS)—the post-acute care services company that acquired Encompass in 2014—announced it will change its name to Encompass Health Corporation. The entire company will officially switch over to the name, with the new stock ticker “EHC,” on January 2, 2018.

Around the Web

Uber, the on-demand rideshare app, has taken cities by storm, and seniors have begun finding its function important in their daily lives. However, not all seniors have smartphones, which is why one couple worked with Uber to find a better way to book rides on the platform, Bloomberg reports.

Amy’s Adds

This week, I am taking on a sailboat race from our home base of Chicago to Mackinac Island, Michigan, spanning 333 miles across Lake Michigan. The race began on Saturday.

You can track me in the race here. Search “Flying Pig” to see where I am! The race ends when the boat reaches Mackinac Island—sometime Monday afternoon or evening.

Written by Amy Baxter

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Assistant Editor at Home Health Care News

When not writing about all things home health, Amy fulfills her lifelong dream of becoming a pirate by sailing in regattas and enjoying rum. Fun fact: she sailed 333 miles across Lake Michigan in the Chicago Yacht Club “Race to Mackinac.”