CMS Proposes 0.1% Cut to Home Health Medicare Reimbursement

The CMS is proposing that home health Medicare reimbursement be cut by 0.1% in 2013, that requirements be established for unannounced, standard and extended surveys of home health agencies and that new alternative sanctions be created for home health agencies that are out of compliance.

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The proposed rule, published on the Office of the Federal Register's website Friday, also would create new survey and certification requirements for home health agencies including definitions for types of surveys, survey frequency, surveyor qualifications, and an opportunity for informal dispute resolution, according to a CMS news release.