Payment Matters: Home Health CY 2012 PPS Proposed Rule Offers Some Relief and Some New Penalties

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CMS recently released its proposed changes for the CY 2013 home health PPS system. It can be found here. Comments on the proposed rule are due no later than September 4, 2012.

Among other things, the proposed rule would:

- Decrease payment rates by 0.1 percent from current year rates, resulting from a combination of a market basket increase of 2.5 percent minus a statutory reduction of 1.0 percent, a 1.32 percent payment reduction to account for changes in coding practices, and a decrease due to effects of the updated wage index....

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