CMS seeks to change Medicare home health payments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued a proposal to update Medicare's home health prospective payment system (HH PPS) rates, which include national per-visit rates and the nonroutine medical supply conversion factor. The rule, to take effect Jan. 1, 2015, would simplify face-to-face encounter regulatory requirements, change the HH PPS case-mix weights and simplify therapy reassessment time frames, among other proposals. CMS also proposes changes related to Medicare coverage of insulin injections under the HH PPS and the delay of ICD-10. Thanks to the 2.2 percent HH PPS update, CMS projects Medicare payments to home health agencies will decrease by 0.30 percent. Proposal (.pdf)