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Capitol Correspondence - 11.10.20

CMS Makes Permanent Some Telehealth Changes for Home Health Providers

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As announced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services:

“The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule [CMS-1730-F] that finalizes routine updates to the home health payment rates for calendar year (CY) 2021, in accordance with existing statutory and regulatory requirements. This rule also finalizes the regulatory changes related to the use of telecommunications technology in providing care under the Medicare home health benefit.

This rule adopts the revised Office of Management and Budget (OMB) statistical area delineations as described in OMB Bulletin 18-04, and finalizes a 5 percent cap on wage index decreases in CY 2021. This rule also finalizes Medicare enrollment policies for qualified home infusion therapy suppliers, updates the home infusion therapy services payment rates for CY 2021, finalizes a policy excluding home infusion therapy services from home health services as required by law, and finalizes policies under the Home Health Value Based Purchasing Model published in the May 8, 2020 interim final rule with comment period, as required by law.

The final rule can be downloaded from the Federal Register at: https://www.federalregister.gov/public- inspection/.”

Read the full fact sheet on this rule here.