At RehabCare, one of our goals is to advocate on behalf of beneficiaries’ continued access to vital rehabilitative therapies and for regulations that do not place excess administrative burden on therapists. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the 2015 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update, which included a provision to change the therapy timeframes from on/or “close to” the 13th and 19th therapy visits to every 14 calendar days.

The proposed rule provided Kindred Healthcare, RehabCare’s parent company, the opportunity to publicly comment on behalf of rehab therapies as well as address several non-therapy related home health provisions.

As the proposed change would likely increase the number and frequency of therapy assessments, it would create a greater administrative burden on therapists. However, we agreed with CMS that the assessments should be based upon days – rather than visits – and so we used the opportunity to advocate for therapy reassessments to be conducted every 30 calendar days. We believe that this would establish more predictability in reporting, without increasing the administrative burden.

CMS will review stakeholder comments and take them into consideration prior to issuing a final Home Health rule in early November. Changes included in the rule would go into effect on January 1, 2015 for home health providers.

We will provide updates as they are available.
By RehabCare