The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed rule for the Home Health Prospective Payment System for calendar year 2014. The rule affects services provided by home health agencies under Medicare Part A beginning January 1, 2014. The proposed national, standardized 60-day episode payment for 2014 is $2,860.20. CMS projects that as a result Medicare payments to home health agencies in 2014 will be reduced by 1.5%, or $290 million, based on the proposed policies.
The rule proposes the following:
The proposed rule will be open for comment until August 26, 2013. APTA will analyze the provisions of the proposed rule and submit comments. A detailed summary of the proposed rule will be available on the APTA website in the coming weeks.
In addition to this proposed rule, CMS released the draft of OASIS-C1 to prepare for transition to ICD-10. APTA will submit comments on the draft, which are due August 20, 2013.
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