CMS Issues New COVID-19 Waivers, Interim Final Rule for Home Health

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a second round of regulatory waivers in an Interim final rule with comment (IFC), with several notable flexibilities for home health agencies. NPPs and Home Health Services The IFC implements section 3708 of the CARES Act to permit nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and certified nurse…

Update: CMS Announces Quality Reporting Program Relief

As previously reported, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced some quality reporting program relief for providers last week.  For both home health and hospice there are some data that do not need to be submitted, and there were some outstanding questions on exactly what the relief covered.  Over this past weekend CMS…

CMS Proposes Changes to HHVBP Model

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its proposed home health rule on Monday, July 2, 2018. The rule contains payment rate updates for home health agencies for calendar year (CY) 2019 and a proposal for a revised payment model, Patient Directed Grouping Model, effective in CY 2020. In addition to payment updates,…

Payment Reform a Popular Topic at FMC

The subject of payment reform and just how home health agencies will be paid in the future has rarely been a hotter topic than it is today, so it was appropriate that some of the most well-attended classes on Monday at the 2018 Financial Management Conference were directly related to payment issues. Home Health Payment…