Monday, November 28, 2016 Outpatient Payment, Home Health Fact Sheets Now Available From APTA Now available to APTA members: context and details to help you understand final 2017 rules from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the home health (HH PPS) and outpatient (OPPS) prospective payment systems. The final OPPS rule, which grabbed headlines earlier this year for its elimination of pain management questions from patient satisfaction surveys, also includes payment increases and changes to the ways hospital-owned off-campus outpatient departments are paid. The APTA fact sheet covers these provisions, as well as comprehensive ambulatory payment classifications, and CMS’ plans for future quality reporting. To access the fact sheet, visit the APTA Medicare Payment and Policies for Hospital Settings webpage. Scroll to the "Outpatient Care" area and look under the "APTA Fact Sheets and Summaries" header. The 2017 HH PPS rule continues planned cuts next year, and includes changes to the home health quality reporting program and the way payments are made for negative pressure wound therapy, among other topics. The APTA fact sheet can be accessed on the association's Medicare Payment and Policies for Home Health webpage, under the "APTA Fact Sheets and Summaries" header. APTA’s November 9 Insider Intel call-in program included an outline of HH PPS and OPPS provisions. To listen to a recording of the program, visit the Insider Intel webpage and click on the November 9 link under “Archives.” Want even more information on CMS-related changes in store for 2017? Don't miss the December 8 webinar, "Medicare Payment and Compliance: What You Need to Know for the Year Ahead." The program is available at no cost to APTA members.