October 16, 2017
Patient Groups, Providers and Lawmakers Agree: CMS Should Withdraw the Home Health Groupings Model
Our concerns about the Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM) proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are being echoed by patient advocates, provider groups and bipartisan lawmakers!
Groups ranging from the American Hospital Association to a group of 49 bipartisan members of the Senate have called the proposal “drastic” or “radical” and have pointed out that HHGM will “create major incentives to underserve Medicare beneficiaries.” Below are some examples of what these groups are saying about HHGM:
“HHGM methodology only reflects the needs of some Medicare beneficiaries, while Medicare law applies to every Medicare beneficiary.”
“A change of this magnitude is also likely to put patient access at risk for Medicare beneficiaries in rural and smaller communities with few HHAs and America’s Veterans who largely depend on home health.”
“We have heard from a number of stakeholders who are concerned that the proposed rule lacks sufficient information and data points to allow home health agencies to accurately estimate the impact of the proposed HHGM.”
It’s essential that every Member of Congress hear from the home health community on this important issue.