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 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: […]

‘Rural Safeguard’ Funding Needs Extension, Advocates Say

A 3% cost bump provided by Medicare that helps pay for the added expense of providing home health care services to those in rural areas should be extended, according to The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare. The 3% Medicare payment, known as the “rural safeguard,” has been an add-on payment to home health providers operating […]

Coalition Urges CMS to Hit Pause on Pre-Claim Review

Home health leaders continue to urge the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to hit pause on the Medicare pre-claim review demonstration, which became active and applicable to all home health agencies in the state of Illinois on Monday. The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare, in particular, voiced concern that CMS has gone ahead […]

House Lawmakers Slam CMS’ Proposed Home Health Cuts

More than 100 members of the U.S. House of Representatives took issue with several key aspects of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed rule in a Sept. 18 letter to Andy Slavitt, acting administrator of the CMS. CMS published the Home Health Prospective Payment System proposed rule for 2016 in June. The agency […]

Federal Report Presses Medicare for Stronger Anti-Fraud Reforms

While Medicare fraud isn’t specific to any one sector of healthcare, it can be a blemish on industries like home health, which ultimately suffer due to a few bad actors. However, implementing several key integrity reform measures can help strengthen federal payers like Medicare from further abusive practices, according to a recent report from the […]

Home Health Leaders: Medicare Reforms Could Save More Than $15 Billion

The leading coalition of home health providers has put forth a proposal that could save more than $15 billion over 10 years by improving the Medicare pay model. The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare recently proposed Skilled Home Health and Integrity Program Savings (SHHIPS), which would move Medicare away from a “pay and chase” model by preventing […]

Fox News: Medicare Cuts Target Women in Home Health Industry

Democrats often accuse Republicans of waging a war against women, but now critics of the Obama Administration say cuts to the Medicare program are negatively impacting home health care jobs – an industry dominated by women. Job losses in the home health sector are piling up, reports Fox News in a recent article. Home health […]

Home Health Leaders Applaud Post-Acute Care Payment Reform Bill

Home health industry groups commended recently introduced legislation from two House Representatives that will establish a bundled payment system for post-acute care services covered by Medicare.  Representatives Dave McKinley (R-WV) and Tom Price (R-GA) introduced the Bundling and Coordinating Post-Acute Care—or BACPAC—Act of 2014 (HR 4673) to support the delivery of clinically advanced care in […]

Bipartisan Letter Wants to Delay Home Health Rebasing Rule

A bipartisan letter from several House Representatives is calling for the postponement and re-evaluation of a rebasing rule that will cut home health payments by 14% over the next three years. Representatives Ralph Hall (R-TX), Tom Price (R-GA), David McKinley (R-WV) and Doris Matsui (D-CA) sent a letter earlier this week to House Speaker John […]