Goverment Shutdown Delays Release of CMS Final Rule on Home Health Rate Rebasing

Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services delayed the release of the CY 2014 Home Health Prospective Payment System (PPS) Final Rule for nearly a month.

This is a delay to the original issue date of November 2nd that was announced. CMS is still a determining the effects of the partial government shutdown on their ability to complete 2013 Medicare fee-for-service payment regulations including the home health PPS rule and physician fee schedules.

The current proposed rule would cut medicare payments by 3.5% per year for four years, leading to an overall cut of 14% to the home health medicare payment rate. Despite the delay in announcing the final rule, it is still scheduled to take effect January 1st, 2014.

HCAF intends on using this additional time to educate our members at our Fall District Meetings (running from 11/12-11/25) on how they should prepare for the different possible outcomes of this final rule.

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