CMS finalizes home health payment rule for 2021: 4 takeaways

CMS completed 2021 payment updates for home health companies Oct. 29.

Morgan Haefner –
Monday, November 2nd, 2020
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Four takeaways on the changes, which work Jan. 1:.
1. CMS will increase payments to house health firms by about 1.9 percent, or $390 million, for 2021.

2. CMS also finalized home infusion therapy rates for 2021. The rates will result in a 0.7 percent decrease in payments to house infusion treatment suppliers, or $384,800.

3. The rule finalizes a 5 percent cap on wage decreases in 2021..

4. Under the rule, home health companies can offer telehealth check outs to Medicare recipients as long as remote patient tracking and other telecommunication services are included in the plan of care. Providers will require to document in clients medical records how telehealth services will help treatment results.

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Under the rule, house health firms can offer telehealth visits to Medicare recipients as long as remote patient monitoring and other telecommunication services are included in the plan of care. Service providers will require to document in clients medical records how telehealth services will assist treatment results.

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CMS likewise completed home infusion therapy rates for 2021. The rates will result in a 0.7 percent reduction in payments to home infusion treatment suppliers, or $384,800.