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2015 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update

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The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced through the release of the July 7, 2014 Federal Register (Vol .79 No. 129) a proposed rule concerning the update to the Home Health Prospective Payment System. (HH PPS) rates, including the national, standardized 60 day episode payment rates, the national per-visit rates and the non-routine medical supply (NRS) conversation factor effective January 1, 2015.

Some of the key highlights of this proposed rule are as follows:

  • Proposes a rebasing adjustment to the HH PPPS payment rates
  • Proposes changes to simplify the face-to-face encounter regulatory requirements
  • Changes the HH PPS case-mix weights
  • Provides for Changes to the home health quality reporting program requirements
  • Provides for changes to simplify the therapy reassessment timeframes
  • Provides changes to the Speech –Language Pathology (SLP) personnel qualifications and
  • Provides discussion on Medicare coverage of insulin injections under the HH PPS

For a complete detailed analysis please refer to http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-07/pdf/2014-15736.pdf and or contact us directly.

 
 
 
 
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