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Home health Medicare payments expected to fall
Modern Healthcare

Medicare payments to home health agencies next year are expected to fall by about 2.3%, or roughly $430 million, the CMS announced after issuing a final rule (PDF) Monday to update the home health prospective payment system rates for 2012.

The changes in the regulation include a 1.4% payment update, as well as a wage index update and case-mix coding adjustment. According to the CMS, the marketbasket for home health agencies in 2012 is equal to 2.4%, and last year’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act called for a 1 percentage point reduction to that amount—which accounts for the 1.4% payment update to these agencies.