Mary St. Pierre, Vice President for Regulatory Affairs brought us up to date on the proposed changes to Medicare PPS. CMS wants to create a “more equitable distribution of funds.”
Some of the changes:
- Adjustments to SCIC, PEP, and LUPAs
- Adjustments to reimbursement for Medical Supplies
- Revisions to the Case Mix
Case Mix Revisions include:
- Diagnosis and co-morbidity
- A “4 equation model”
- Multiple therapy thresholds
- Smoothing between thresholds
The target is to have these revisions implemented by January of 2008, which means the proposed rule will be drafted by January 2007, have a 60 day comment period, and write the final rule by July or August 2007. Stay tuned to NAHC or your state home care association for more updates on these revisions.
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