The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) CY2018 Proposed Rule for the Home Health Agency (HHA) Prospective Payment System includes the Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM), a policy that must be withdrawn because it will cause massive disruption in the industry and its reduction in Medicare reimbursements of almost $1 billion in 2019 alone will lead to a loss of critical services to millions of patients. In addition, CMS does not have the statutory authority to impose these changes on the industry without Congressional action.
NAHC urges CMS to withdraw the HHGM policy and instead work with stakeholders to develop a fully budget-neutral policy that does not limit access to beneficiaries or diminish provider resources.
This issue is NAHC’s top priority and will remain so until the policy is improved. To defeat this payment rule before it brings havoc to the industry, we need home health leaders, employees and patients to make their voices heard by policymakers in Washington, D.C. Without your support and advocacy, this rule cannot be stopped. Please go to the NAHC Legislative Action Center and ask Congress to tell CMS to withdraw the payment rule.
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