HHGM Bill Would Delay But Not Halt Massive Medicare Cuts

A bill in the U.S. House of Representatives would delay implementation of the controversial Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM) until 2020, but industry advocates say it does not address fundamental concerns with HHGM, including that it could cause catastrophic payment reductions of up to $4 billion to providers. Rep. Kristi Noem (R-South Dakota, pictured above) […]

Groupings Model Cuts Are Bigger Than CMS Predictions

Cuts to home health care payments under the proposed Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM) are deeper than predicted by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). That’s according to ElevatingHome, which ran an analysis of home health care claims with some of its members to look at the true impact of the model. The […]

Lawmakers Join Fight Against Home Health Groupings Model

The home health care industry is in a full blitz against the Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM), if the public comments on the proposal are any indication. Now, lawmakers have joined the fight, as the public comment period comes to a close on September 25. The groupings model was proposed by the Centers for Medicare […]

Home Health Industry Reeling From Regulation Overload

With new conditions of participation (CoPs) coming in 2018 for home health care providers, the recently proposed payment system update feels like regulation overload to an industry already dealing with years of reimbursement rate cuts. The 2018 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) included a proposal […]

Home Health Associations Say Groupings Model is ‘Fraught with Risks’

When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a new payment model for home health care agencies in late July, industry associations decried the significant changes, and public companies took a major hit. With a potential cut of $950 million to home health reimbursements in 2019 alone included in the model, associations are […]

CMS Launches New Hospice Compare Website

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched a new tool meant to help patients and their families find hospice care that best suits their needs. Hospice Compare is a new website that displays metrics related to the quality of care that a hospice provider delivers to its patients. The site is part of the CMS […]

Home Health Stocks Tank in Wake of Potential $950 Million Payment Cut

Home health care providers are on edge after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposal Tuesday to overhaul the Medicare payment system, with major restructuring changes that could result in a payment cut of $950 million to home health care agencies in 2019. Stock values for Amedisys (Nasdaq: AMED), Almost Family (Nasdaq: […]

Home Health Groups Concerned After Senate Revives Health Care Reform

The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to resurrect its plan to repeal Obamacare, prompting renewed fears among some home health care groups that thought the health care overhaul was on hold. The Senate voted 51-50 to begin debating legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), informally known as Obamacare. U.S. Vice President Mike […]

Home Health Groups Relieved, Wary After Trumpcare Bill Fails

The Senate bill to repeal and replace key Affordable Care Act (ACA) policies failed Tuesday, leaving home health agencies and providers across the care spectrum in wait-and-see mode as to the future of Obamacare reform efforts. Released July 13, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) struggled to gain needed traction among Senate Republicans. The GOP […]

Home Health Conditions of Participation Delayed Six Months

After proposing to push back the implementation date of the new home health care conditions of participation (CoPs)—the requirements for home health care agencies (HHAs) to participate in Medicare—the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized the rule on Friday, July 7. The effective date for HHAs to comply with the new requirements is Jan. […]