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CMS Proposes Modifications to Home Health Payment System

CMS has submitted a proposed rule regarding home health reimbursement for publication in an upcoming Federal Register. The pre-published draft of the proposed rule is available on the CMS website. Here is an excerpt from the summary:

This proposed rule would set forth an update to the 60-day national episode rates and the national per-visit amounts under the Medicare prospective payment system for home health services, effective on January 1, 2008. As part of this proposed rule, we are also proposing to rebase and revise the home health market basket to ensure it continues to adequately reflect the price changes of efficiently providing home health services. This proposed rule also would set forth the refinements to the payment system. In addition, this proposed rule would establish new quality of care data collection requirements.

A CMS "fact sheet" is available here. The publication date is April 27, 2007.

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