NAHC: Providers Need Pay Bump to Meet Proposed Rules

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has publicly voiced its recommendations for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed rule on discharge planning requirements. In a letter to CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt, NAHC said the proposed rule contains vague standards and imposes a burden on home health agencies that has been “grossly […]

Editor’s Picks: Proposed Medicare Cuts Shake Up Home Health Industry

In case you missed it, here are the top headlines grabbing readers’ attention this week, plus some other notable stories from around the web that caught our eye here at HHCN: Spotlight On: Medicare Cuts, New Payment Policy Home Health Agencies Face $350 Million Medicare Cut, New Payment Model — The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) […]

CMS Releases FAQs For Home and Community-Based Setting Scrutiny

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to home and community-based settings to help operators navigate through the evolving health care landscape. “The guidance focuses on the process for states to use in overcoming the presumption that certain settings have the characteristics of an institution, and highlights […]

Pioneer ACOs Save Medicare $384 Million, Aim to Expand

A payment model created under the Affordable Care Act, which has incentivized some health systems to place a greater emphasis on home care, has generated substantial savings to Medicare, a new study reveals. The Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model generated more than $384 million in savings to Medicare over its first two years, giving the […]

CMS Proposes $200 Million Increase In Hospice Pay

Medicare-certified hospices may see an estimated $200 million increase in their payments for fiscal year 2016, but some industry members are voicing concern about how reimbursements will be distributed among different levels of care. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a proposed rule (CMS-1629-P) that would update fiscal year 2016 Medicare […]

House Passes Medical Equipment Bidding Reforms

The House of Representatives has passed a bill to reform the Medicare competitive bidding program for home medical equipment, earning praise from industry leaders who have pushed for the changes. “The House passing H.R. 284 is a huge step towards reforming the bidding process, but our work is not done,” said Tom Ryan, president and […]

Freeze Home Health Payments, Medicare Advisors Again Tell Congress

Home health Medicare payments should not increase next year, considering providers’ unreasonably high margins, a prominent panel of advisors has again stated in its annual report to Congress. Each year, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recommends how Congress should shape Medicare policy. Lawmakers are not obligated to implement the commission’s ideas — and they […]

CMS Extends Home Health Moratorium For 6 Months

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended its moratoria on new home health agencies and home health agency sub-units in locations nationwide for an additional six months. During the temporary moratorium, initial provider enrollment applications and change of information applications to add additional practice locations will be denied in six locations, including Fort […]

CMS Releases New Fingerprinting Info for Home Health Agencies

After implementing a fingerprint-based background check for certain healthcare providers in August, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) this month released some additional information agencies need to know going forward.  Several years in the making, CMS finally established a fingerprint screening process August 6, 2014 for all individuals with a 5% or greater […]

CMS Final Rule Gives Healthcare Providers Flexibility in EHR Use

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a final rule Friday that allows health care providers more flexibility in how they meet meaningful-use guidelines for the EHR Incentive Program reporting period for 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced. Under the final rule, which left a previous proposal in May […]