Congressional Budget Calls for CMS Report on F2F, Rebasing

The $1.1 trillion spending plan approved by the Congress includes ‘report language’ on the Medicare Home Health face-to-face (F2F) rule and Medicare home health rebasing. While ‘report language’ is non-binding, it nevertheless could have policy implications if implemented by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Below is the language contained in the bill:

 “The agreement requests that in the fiscal year 2016 budget request, CMS quantify and explain how the policy directing physicians to conduct face-to-face certifications for home health care has prevented fraud, increased access to health care, and impacted costs to the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The agreement requests that CMS include in the budget request how provider documentation for face-to-face encounters can be simplified. In addition, CMS should provide a public analysis related to rebasing Medicare home health agencies within 90 days of enactment of this act.”

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