HCA Comments to CMS on Proposed Rule

The Home Care Alliance has submitted comments on behalf of Medicare home health agency members to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding Proposed Rule CMS-1510-P (Medicare Program: Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update [CY 2011]; Changes in Certification Requirements for Home Health Agencies and Hospices).

The comments include suggested changes on the case mix adjustment, face-to-face physician encounter requirement, 36-month Rule/Capitalization Requirements, Claims Data Collection and Processing, HHCAHPS, and the Therapy Coverage Requirement. The comments also reflect how Massachusetts agencies have case mix weights well below the national average, but that the Northeast stands to be punished severely for following guidelines set by CMS.

Click here to see the Home Care Alliance’s comments on the Proposed Rule.

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CMS Offers Guidance on Hospice Care for Children in Medicaid and CHIP

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued a letter to state health officials and Medicaid Directors  offering guidance on a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) dealing with “Concurrent Care for Children.”

Specifically, the provision removes the prohibition of receiving curative treatment upon the election of the hospice benefit by or on behalf of a Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) eligible child.

For more information, see the CMS memo here.

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