CMS Publishes 2013 Wage Index for HHAs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued the final rule to update the Home Health Prospective Payment System (HHPPS) rates for Calendar Year 2013. Payments to home health agencies are estimated to decrease by approximately -0.01 percent or $10 million in CY 2013.

Payments to home health agencies are estimated to decrease by approximately 0.01 percent, or -$10 million in CY 2013, reflecting the combined effects of the home health payment update ($260 million increase), wage index updates ($70 million decrease), a new FDL ratio ($50 million increase), and reductions to the HH PPS to account for a 1.32 percent case-mix coding adjustment ($250 million decrease).

Click here to access the CY 2013 Wage Index.

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