November 1, 2022
Providers cry foul over Medicare home health payment cuts
McKnight's Home Care
Home care advocates blasted the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ final 2023 home health rule late Monday, despite it being less onerous than originally proposed.
The rule handed down late Monday afternoon provides a 0.7% increase in Medicare payments ($125 million) to home health agencies in 2023, instead of the 4.2% cut CMs proposed in June. However, the agency is also phasing in a behavioral adjustment. CMS will implement a 3.925% behavioral rate cut, a $635 million decrease, for calendar year 2023. This represents half of the full permanent adjustment of -7.85% (-7.69% in the proposed rule).