Archive for the ‘Home Health Agencies’ Category

One of the most far-reaching innovations in the PPACA is the creation of an Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), which will allow changes in Medicare reimbursement rules to be fast-tracked starting in 2015.  The purpose of the IPAB is to reduce the per capita rate of growth in Medicare spending.

Effective immediately, the annual market basket updates are being reduced for 15 different types of Medicare services.  The statute expressly provides, as to each of the following services that, as a result of these adjustments, a provider’s or supplier’s annual percentage increase,  may be less than zero percent in a fiscal year and thus may […]

The Health Reform law (otherwise known as the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” or “PPACA”) contains numerous provisions relevant to home health agencies (“HHAs”). Reimbursement changes Perhaps most important to HHAs themselves are a number of reimbursement changes.  The HHA prospective payment system (“PPS”) will be rebased starting in 2014.  HHA rates will be […]