CMS issued news releases under the title “Better Care. Smarter Spending. Healthier People.” Links to the news releases are below. The first release outlines an ambitious goal for CMS: to have 85% of Medicare fee-for-service payments in value-based purchasing by the end 2016, and 90% by 2018. The other two releases restate information that we already know.
Can CMS achieve this goal? Time will tell. How will home health agencies be impacted? It all depends on the partnerships we forge with hospitals and physicians because CMS appears to be putting most of the focus on them. Does this mean agencies should ramp up their alignment with the hospital/physician/community partners? Absolutely.