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Medicare home health payments to remain flat
Modern Healthcare

Home health agencies can expect Medicare payments to drop by 0.01% next year, decreasing total payments in this segment by about $10 million from 2012 payments, the CMS announced Friday. The so-called market basket—which adjusts for inflation—called for a 1.3% payment increase to home health providers next year. Then the CMS applied an updated wage index that resulted in a 0.37% decrease, as well as a 1.32% decrease in the case-mix adjustment and an update to the fixed-dollar loss ratio used in outlier payments that led to an increase of 0.38%.