The home health industry is expressing anger that the CMS is moving forward with $22 billion in payment cuts over the next four years, even though providers will see their fiscal 2014 payments reduced less than the CMS signaled in its draft regulation.
In a final rule issued Friday, the CMS said home health providers will see a 1.05% reduction for 2014, which the agency estimates will amount to a $200 million hit to the sector next year.
The CMS previously proposed a 1.5% cut for 2014. Officials noted the reduction is also “notably” less than the 4.89% reduction in payments to home health providers in fiscal 2011.
The final rule retains, however, a plan to reduce the national standardized 60-day episode rate by 3.5% each year between 2014 and 2017.