Home Health & Hospice

The Weekly Roundup

Homecare Insider, September 28, 2015

A handful of senators published a letter last Thursday urging CMS to withdraw the case mix cuts and scale back the value-based purchasing penalties the agency put forth in the proposed calendar year 2016 payment rule for Medicare home health providers. The document constitutes the latest effort in a growing bipartisan initiative to head off the reimbursement slashes CMS has planned for the home health industry in the coming years. Prior to the release of the senators’ letter, a collection of 133 members from the U.S. House of Representatives authored a similar appeal. Click here to read the senators’ letter and here to read the representatives’ earlier iteration.

HealthLeaders Media recently interviewed a Lawrence, Massachusetts–based home health provider on its current participation in CMS' Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative. Click here to see what the agency had to say about its experience in the program so far.
 
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) released the 2015 edition of Facts and Figures: Hospice Care in America. Among other trends, this year’s report shows continued growth in the sector’s patient populations and a notable uptick in service delivery to residents in non-residential settings at the time of death. Click here to read the full report.