Home Health Adherence Slashes Medicare Costs, Readmissions

The home health care industry has seen consistent reimbursement cuts over the last several years, forcing providers to adapt. There are several reasons regulators and lawmakers think home health can get by with less, but overcoming stigmas about the industry and thinking like an economist can help boost home health’s reputation. “It’s hard to have […]

Must-Read News: Top Home Health Changes Ahead

Happy Monday, dear Home Health Care News readers. We’re back after a few days in Washington, D.C. at the National Leadership Conference, put on by the Visiting Nurses Association of America (VNAA), ElevatingHome and the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation. We’ll be bringing you more coverage from the conference this week. Take a […]

New Home Health Payment Reform Moves Closer to Reality

Fast-moving developments on Capitol Hill are all but ensuring that home health care payment reform will be going forward. After the House of Representatives approved a short-term spending bill on Tuesday to fund the government, the Senate introduced its own version Wednesday. Both bills include major health care measures. Among the biggest changes is a new, 30-day […]

[Updated] House Lawmakers Include HHGM in Proposed Spending Bill

House lawmakers approved a new spending bill to keep the federal government running that included several home health provisions, notably the reintroduction of a controversial overhaul to the Medicare payment system known as the home health groupings model (HHGM). HHGM was first floated in the proposed rule setting 2018 Medicare payment rates for home health, but […]

Home Health CoPs Come Into Effect

Home health care agencies are complying with new regulations as the Conditions of Participation (CoPs) went into effect January 13. Providers are working to meet the new requirements for participating in the Medicare and Medicaid programs without the finalized interpretive guidelines (IGs), which offer more detailed information on certain measures. The Centers for Medicare & […]

Home Health Stocks Rebound After HHGM Takes Backseat

In the wake of the final 2018 payment rule for home health being released, public companies have seen their stocks skyrocket. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its prospective payment system (PPS) 2018 update final rule on Wednesday without the inclusion of the home health groupings model (HHGM)—a proposed model that would […]

What Home Health Learned From the CoP Interpretive Guidelines Draft

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a draft of the much-anticipated interpretive guidelines for the Conditions of Participation (CoPs), finally giving home health care agencies some clarity on the new requirements. The draft comes as the deadline for the implementation of the new CoPs is winding down; the effective date […]

Proposal to Withdraw Groupings Model Hits Congressional Committee

A unified compromise proposal has been offered to the House Ways and Means Committee, the chief tax-writing committee of the Congressional House of Representatives, to withdraw the proposed home health groupings model (HHGM). The model was proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in July as part of the home health prospective […]

The Hidden Rate Cut Inside HHGM

Most home health care stakeholders aren’t feeling the proposed home health groupings model (HHGM).  That’s mainly because providers, associations and others with interests in the industry are vehemently opposed to the payment cuts within the proposal, which aims to make several radical changes to the current home health payment model. Specifically, HHGM proposes to change […]