CMS announces it will not change home health reimbursement model
WASHINGTON - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Wednesday that it would not finalize a rule that would have jeopardized delivery of home health services nationwide.
The decision comes after Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-La., and Congresswoman Terri Sewell, D-Ala., led a bipartisan letter of 174 members of Congress asking that the Department of Health and Human Services not finalize the new rule, which would have slashed home health funding by a projected $950 million in 2019 alone.
"Home health is so critical to the overall equation of the best ways to deliver health care for the elderly, people with disabilities and other home-bound patients, particularly those who live in rural areas. It keeps patients out of hospitals and allows them to be with their families when they need them most," Dr. Abraham said. "Home health providers simply could not continue to operate under the dramatic changes to reimbursement rates contained in the proposed rule, and I thank the administration for preventing the rule from taking effect."
To read the CMS decision, click here.
To read more about Dr. Abraham's efforts against the rule change, click here.
To read Dr. Abraham's letter to HHS, click here.