Interpreting the 2017 Medicare Home Health Prospective Payment System Final Rule
The final rule issued recently by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) includes a number
of significant policy changes, in addition to the 2017 payment rates for home health. This program will analyze
the changes for 2017 including: Payment rates that continue to decline! Will OASIS submissions continue to
impact reimbursement negatively? Rate rebasing continues and CMS maintains its across-the-board
recalibration of case mix weights. Case Mix creep continues to plague the industry, but nothing above what
was promised last year. The Value-based purchasing program has been updated, and changes to the Outlier
calculation and pressure ulcer devices will round out the topics of discussion. PPS expert Melinda Gaboury
will provide us with an in-depth review of the integral elements in the Final Rule.
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