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Home Health Providers Face Additional Cuts and Scrutiny for Therapy Services, but Gain Some Flexibility in Face-to-Face Encounter Requirements

In a final rule published in theĀ Federal Register on November 4, 2011,[1] the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced it will decrease payments to home health agencies (“HHAs”) by $430 million in 2012. The home health prospective payment system (“HH PPS”) final rule also revises case-mix weights in response to concerns that HHAs are overcompensated for therapy services and incentivized to provide unnecessary therapy services, and adds flexibility to the face-to-face encounter requirement for patients discharged to home health from hospitals or post-acute facilities.

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