- CMS: Proposed budget includes home health co-pay
The White House administration has released its fiscal year (FY) 2015 proposed budget for the Department of Health and Human Services, which includes a $100 co-payment for each episode of home health care by Medicare beneficiaries.
- CMS: Hospice quality reporting to begin July 1
Providers will have to report certain hospice quality measures to the federal government starting July 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services formally announced in a recent Federal Register notice.
- OIG reverses course on referral services discounts
Providers cannot use an online service that involves money for referrals within its network, federal regulators now say, reversing course on an advisory opinion that was first issued three years ago. The statement came from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.
- For post acute care providers, draft payment reforms in the IMPACT Act
In a bipartisan effort, the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act proposal was released in mid-March by the U.S House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee and the U.S. Senate Finance Committee.
- Senate passes "doc-fix" bill that links SNF payments to hospital readmissions; delays ICD-10
Both houses of Congress now have passed a bill that ties skilled nursing facility Medicare reimbursements to hospital readmissions, starting in 2018. The Senate approved the “Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014” in a 64 to 35 vote Monday evening.
- Senate approves bill that includes ICD-10 delay
The Senate passed a patch bill in the Sustainable Growth Rate that included a provision to delay ICD-10 implementation until at least October 1, 2015. The bill, approved by the House in a controversial voice vote March 27, passed by a 64-35 margin. The Senate needed at least 60 yes votes to pass the bill.President Obama must still sign the bill into law, but he is expected to do so.