The CMS proposed rule updates the home health prospective payment system (HH
PPS) payment rates, including the national, standardized 60-day episode payment rates, the national per-visit rates, and the non-routine medical supply (NRS) conversion factor, effective for home health episodes of care ending on or after January 1, 2018.
This rule also:
- updates the HH PPS case-mix weights
- implements the 3rd-year of a 3-year phase-in of a reduction to the national, standardized 60-day episode payment
- proposes case-mix methodology refinements, as well as a change in the unit of payment from 60-day episodes of care to 30-day periods of care, to be implemented for home health services beginning on or after January 1, 2019; and
- proposes changes to the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model and to the Home Health Quality Reporting Program (HH QRP)
Comments are due to CMS by September 25, 2017.