CMS to Phase Out Split-Percentage Payments for New HHAs

Despite concerns from home health agencies (HHAs) that their cash flow could be significantly impacted, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) has announced that beginning in calendar year 2020 HHAs that are certified for participation in Medicare on or after January 1, 2019, will no longer receive split-percentage payments. Split-percentage payments allow a home […]

OIG Report Finds Vulnerabilities at HHAs That Could Lead to Fraud

Home health agencies are required to submit to onsite surveys to ensure they are complying with Medicare standards. But a recent report from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS OIG) finds that in at least one aspect of the survey HHAs may be skirting their responsibilities. As […]

CMS Issues Sweeping New Rules For HHA Participation in Medicare/Medicaid

Home health agencies have six months to comply with sweeping new changes that will impact their ability to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Earlier this month, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, released its final rules relating to the conditions of participation (CoPs) that home health agencies must meet to participate in the […]

Home Healthcare Agencies to Realize $130M in Medicare Reimbursement Cuts in 2017

Home healthcare agencies can expect to see a 0.7 percent drop in Medicare reimbursements next year, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. CMS announced the final changes to the Medicare home health prospective payment system (HH PPS) on Oct. 31. The new rule, which takes effect on Jan. 1, 2017, means Medicare […]

Florida Home Health Agencies Targeted by CMS for Pre-claim Review

Florida is one of five states that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is targeting for a three-year Medicare pre-claim review demonstration for home healthcare services. However, just how this program will work has raised questions in the home healthcare community. CMS says the steps it is taking are designed to “provide timely […]

Government cracks down on pharmacies, home health agencies, medical directors for medically unnecessary services

It’s no secret that in recent years the number of healthcare fraud investigations and prosecutions in the U.S. has rocketed. Clearly, the amount of taxpayer dollars being lost to fraud and abuse, coupled with the potential for big payoffs when fraud is detected, is a great motivator. Every year that the government racks up successful […]

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