Final 2021 Medicare Home Health Payment Rule Contains Little Change from Proposed Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the CY2021 Final Medicare home health rule on Thursday night, October 29, and the new rule brings very little change from the proposed rule. The major change is a reduction of the annual update of payment rates to 2.0 percent as a result of applying more…

CMS-proposed Physician E&M Payment Changes: Potential Implications for Hospice, Palliative Care

In late July, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a rule proposing sweeping changes to payment and documentation requirements for physician evaluation & management (E & M) services provided in the office or outpatient setting.  Other settings under which E & M services are billed (such as under hospital observation, inpatient or…

NAHC Files Comments Opposing Medicaid Changes that Restrict Access to Care

The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) strongly opposes proposed rules changes regarding state analysis of access to care, public reporting, and application of requirements for an access monitoring review plan of Medicaid programs, wrote NAHC President William A. Dombi in comments submitted to the Department of Health and Human Services and Centers…