I wanted to thank all of you who took time to write and call our Members of Congress asking that they sign the Senate and House letters to HHS and CMS as well as submitting your own comments to CMS requesting that the Home Health Grouper Model (HHGM) be withdrawn.
This effort was successful. CMS did NOT include the proposed HHGM in the FINAL 2018 Home Health PPS Rule published today.
In the Home Health Prospective Payment System final rule, CMS is not finalizing the Home Health Groupings Model and will take additional time to further engage with stakeholders to move towards a system that shifts the focus from volume of services to a more patient-centered model. CMS will take the comments submitted on the proposed rule into further consideration regarding patients’ needs that strikes the right balance in putting patients first.
For a fact sheet on the Home Health final rule, please visit: https://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Fact-sheets/2017-Fact-Sheet-items/2017-11-01-2.html.
The Home Health Prospective Payment System final rule (CMS-1672-F) can be downloaded from the Federal Register at: https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection.
Through the unified effort of all three National Home Care Associations, our industry has opened up an unprecedented level of communication with both the Administration and Congress. Now that the HHGM is not finalized, we will continue our collective negotiations with both the Administration and Congress.
John G. Beard, MBA/JD
Alacare Home Health and Hospice
and President of the Home Care Association of Alabama