Proposed changes to Home Health Prospective Payment System rule

The South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations (SDAHO) is reviewing the recently released Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rule CMS-1689-P, which outlines proposed calendar year (CY) 2019 Medicare payment updates and proposed quality reporting changes for home health agencies (HHAs), and proposed case-mix methodology refinements and a change in the home health unit of payment from 60 days to 30 days for CY 2020.

The proposed rule includes policies that are based on three pillars: Empowering patients, increasing competition and fostering innovation. It would also modernize Medicare through innovations in home health and the new home infusion therapy benefit, meaningful quality measure reporting, reduced paperwork and reduced administrative costs.

Working with our national partners, additional analysis and information will be shared at a later date.

SDAHO members are encouraged to share comments, questions or thoughts on this proposed rule directly to CMS by August 31. Electronic comments can be submitted here. Comments can also be submitted by mail (follow instructions outlined in rule CMS-1689-P.