The end of October ushered in the release of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Final Rule for the CY2017 Home Health Payment (CMS-1648). On the surface, it appears payment will increase for 2017 since the base rate increases in 2017 to $2989.97 from the 2016 base rate of $2965.12.
On the surface, this report sounds exciting, but realize that although the base rate has gone up in 2017, this increase will not translate to more money per episode. CMS had to increase the base rate to help offset the reductions created by adjustments to the case mix categories.
What does this really mean for home health agencies? It is estimated that the HH PPS pay rate will actually decrease by 0.7% in 2017.
Remember, you can always contact the QIRT team if you have any concerns. We are proud to support home care agency success. – QIRT Education Team