A rule change by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (aka CMS) is coming- and it will impact how home health care providers will receive reimbursement. This rule could, inadvertently, affect patient care as well. Beginning in January 2020, Medicare will reimburse home health agencies at a lower rate when they care for patients who have not been admitted to a hospital first. Pressure from Medicare to reduce costly inpatient stays causes hospitals to place patients on observation status to determine whether they should be admitted. If you are hospitalized, it is vital to learn whether you are admitted or under observation.
How Will Home Care be Impacted by CMS Rule Changes?