CMS Releases CY 2021 Home Health Proposed Rule

June 25, 2020
Rick Gawenda

On June 25, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released “Medicare and Medicaid Programs: CY 2021 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update; Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements; and Home Infusion Therapy Services Requirements“.

Per the summary, “This proposed rule would update the home health prospective payment system
(HH PPS) payment rates and wage index for calendar year (CY) 2021. This proposed rule also
proposes to make permanent the changes to the home health regulations regarding the use of
technology in providing services under the Medicare home health benefit as described in the
Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health
Emergency interim final rule with comment period. This proposed rule also proposes to remove
provisions related to test transmission of OASIS data by a new HHA, because the provision is
now obsolete due to changes in our data submission system. This proposed rule discusses
policies finalized in the CY 2020 HH PPS final rule with comment period regarding the
permanent home infusion therapy services benefit for CY 2021, and proposes conforming
regulations text changes excluding home infusion therapy services from coverage under the
Medicare home health benefit. Additionally, this proposed rule discusses Medicare enrollment
policies for qualified home infusion therapy suppliers.”

The proposed rule will be published in the Federal Register on June 30, 2020. Click HERE to access the proposed rule.

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