Comments Being Accepted on CMS Proposed Rule

A variety of national advocacy groups are pushing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to consider implications to their proposed final rule in advance of the deadline for release.  That final rule is expected to be released in late October or early November as it must be issued at least 60 days prior to its January 1, 2017 effective date.

Some of the more controversial items will include the 2017 Home Health Prospective Payment System (HHPPS) rate update along with significant changes in HHRG scoring and weights, a revised standard for outlier episode payments, modifications in the current Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) pilot program, and several revised quality measures for the Home Health Quality Reporting Program.

National Association of Home Care