CMS Proposes Medicare Payment Adjustment For Home Health Agencies

A proposed rule released Thursday would cause home health agencies to experience a 1.5 percent reduction in their Medicare payments for 2014, which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services estimates could reduce payments to these facilities by $290 million next year. 

CQ HealthBeat: Home Health Agency Payments Decline Under Medicare Proposal
Medicare payments to home health agencies in 2014 will fall by 1.5 percent, or $290 million below calendar 2013 levels, according to a proposed rule released late Thursday. The rule comes as home health agencies and other post-acute care providers have faced added scrutiny from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and members of Congress (Adams, 6/27).

Modern Healthcare: CMS Adjustments Plan Would Cut Medicare Pay Rates
A series of rebasing and coding adjustments from the CMS would cause home health agencies to see a 1.5% reduction in their Medicare payments for 2014, which the CMS estimates could lower total payments to these facilities by $290 million next year. In a proposed rule Thursday, the CMS said the decrease reflects a 2.4% home health payment update amounting to a $460 million increase in overall payments, combined with a host of adjustments that would decrease payments by $750 million (Zigmond, 6/27).

And on the Medicare politics front -

The Washington Post: 4 Pinocchios For The Latest ‘Mediscare’ Ad
The ad, like similar attacks last year, tries to give itself credibility by citing The Wall Street Journal, which has a conservative-leaning editorial page. But it is quoting from a 2011 news article about a House Republican plan for Medicare — and badly truncates the quote (Kessler, 6/28).

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