Home Health Industry Applauds Bill to Increase Hospice Surveys

Legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives that calls for greater survey frequency for hospices has garnered applause from home health industry advocates.  The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014, which passed the House on September 16, includes provisions mandating that all hospices are surveyed, at a minimum, once every three […]

Home Health Leaders: MedPAC’s Call For Cuts Will Kill Medicare Benefits

Home health care leaders are again vying for Medicare beneficiaries and industry workers, following suggestions that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) further cut funding and keep the “burdensome” face-to-face narrative requirement. The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare expressed disappointment in the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (MedPAC) letter to CMS, which called for […]

New Reform Bill Aims to Replace Medicare Home Health Rebasing Rule

Legislative efforts to reform payment cuts to the home health industry continue to gain support on Capitol Hill with Tuesday’s introduction of a new bill that aims to reform recent rebasing rules laid forth by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The Securing Access Via Excellence (SAVE) Medicare Home Health Act , introduced by […]

CMS Tweaks Rule to Cut Home Health Payments by $200 Million in 2014

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Friday tweaked a rule that will result in $200 million less paid to home health agencies in 2014.  The rule for calendar year 2014 cuts Medicare payments under the Home Health Prospective Payment System (HH PPS) by 1.05%, which is slightly lower than the 1.5% outlined […]

Louisiana Senator Voices Concerns for Home Health Rebasing Cuts

Last week, home health leaders applauded Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) for sending a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) voicing her concerns against proposed home health rebasing cuts.  The letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius urges the federal agency to reconsider the proposal from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that […]

Home Health Groups Applaud Long-Term Care Commission’s Efforts

Trade groups representing the home health industry are voicing support for several aspects of the Commission on Long-Term Care’s final report to Congress, which includes a recommendation that would expand access to Medicare coverage for home care.  The vision of the bipartisan, federally-appointed long-term care panel is to create “a more responsive, integrated, person-centered, and […]

Home Health Cuts Would be Worse Than CMS Expects, Says SBA

Last week the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requesting more evidence to back up the agency’s estimate for the impact of its proposed rule to adjust the home health prospective payment system. CMS published a proposed rule on July 3, 2013 […]

Nearly 90% of Seniors Oppose Medicare Cuts to Home Health

Seniors vastly oppose additional cuts to the Medicare home health benefit, with nearly 90% voicing concerns that cuts would do more harm than good, according to new polling data from Bring the Vote Home. An initiative created to help seniors, disabled Americans, their family members and their home healthcare clinicians participate in the nation’s democratic […]

Home Health Leaders: $100 Billion in Medicare Cuts Would be “Cataclysmic”

Home health industry leaders gathered today for a teleconference to discuss the alarming impacts of a rule that would bring Medicare payment cuts to tally nearly $100 billion in the coming years. The proposed rebasing rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) looks to cut Medicare reimbursement payments 3.5% annually from 2014 […]