Home Health & Hospice

What requests did Congress make of CMS in its recently-passed spending bill?

Homecare Insider, December 22, 2014

As part of its 2016 budget request, which accompanies the bill, Congress asks CMS to “quantify and explain how the policy directing physicians to conduct face-to-face certifications for home health care has prevented fraud, increased access to health care, and impacted costs to the Medicare and Medicaid programs.” The report states that CMS’ response should include ways to simplify the provider documentation requirements for face-to-face encounters.
 
In addition, the legislators directed CMS to provide a public analysis related to rebasing Medicare home health agencies within 90 days of enactment of the spending plan.