• CMS Releases 2013 Proposed Rule for Home Health PPS

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    CMS today released its 2013 proposed rule for the Home Health Prospective Payment System (PPS) to be effective January 1, 2013.  In addition to a rate cut that would result in approximately $20 million in payment reductions to home health next year, CMS also introduced flexibility for managing both face-to-face encounters and therapy reassessments, and alternative sanctions for CMS surveys.  Acute Care Hospitalizations as reported on Home Health Compare will move from OASIS-based to claims-based data sources as noted on page 41563 of the proposed rule.

    The complete 2013 proposed rule is available here.

    UPDATED Nov. 2, 2012: The 2013 Final Rule is posted for insepection and will soon be available in the Federal Register.