Home Health & Hospice

What are the new therapy reassessment requirements that CMS solidified in its 2015 PPS final rule for home health, and how do they differ from the agency’s July proposal?

Homecare Insider, November 3, 2014

Although CMS stuck to many of the provisions outlined in July’s proposed rule, the agency notably strayed from its original plan to introduce a 14-day timeframe for therapy reassessments, granting providers additional leeway in the final rule. Now, CMS will require a qualified therapist from each discipline involved in a patient’s care to conduct a functional reassessment for that individual every 30 calendar days. This new requirement will replace the 13th and 19th visit reassessment provisions, which CMS has nixed through the rule.