Medicare Home Health Final Rule Issued

The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) issued the Home Health Final Rule on Friday, November 2nd.  The Rule updates the HH PPS rates, including the national standardized 60-day episode rates, the national per-visit rates, the low-utilization payment amount (LUPA), the non-routine medical supplies conversion factor, and outlier payments. These rates will be effective January 1, 2013. This Rule also establishes requirements for the Home Health and Hospice quality reporting programs, important policy changes on CoP Non-compliance Sanctions, and improvements on Face to Face Encounter and Therapy Assessment Rules.

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