CMS Releases Proposed Rule for 2013 HHPPS Rates

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid issued the proposed rule regarding 2013 payment rates late Friday. The proposal includes the 2013 Market Basket Index (MBI) update, the required 1 point reduction under the Affordable Care Act, and the previous set 1.32% case mix creep adjustment. It also includes a few policy clarifications regarding the face-to-face rule, surveys scheduling, and the imposition of intermediate sanctions for conditions of participation noncompliance.

CMS estimates that the net impact on HHAs is a $20 million overall reduction in payments in 2013. While the base rates would increase, the impact of the wage index changes lowers total expenditures.

Click here to review HCAF’s summary of the proposed rule. (More detailed analysis will be added to this webpage as the information becomes available.)

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