On June 23, VNAA announced that Sens. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and Pat Roberts, R-Kan., have introduced the Home Health Documentation and Program Improvement Act of 2015 (S.1650) in the Senate, offering a real solution to the challenges faced by home health providers.
VNAA is carefully reviewing the Change Request 8444 recently issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to contractors on the definition of homebound for the Medicare home health benefit. CMS finalized changes to the homebound definition in 2012 regulations; the implementation date for Medicare contractors is Nov. 19, 2013.
VNAA is aware that this definition is extremely important for both payment and auditing reviews, and offers the following information to help clarify these changes for our members.
VNAA continues to press both the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Congress for resolution to the face-to-face documentation challenges faced by our members. This week, VNAA submitted comments to CMS on the draft standardized templates and emphasized our ongoing concerns about the excessive requirements placed on home health agencies. VNAA will also participate in an in-person meeting with CMS to discuss possible solutions.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) announced the first in a series of special Open Door Forums on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 1:00 p.m. ET to discuss the voluntary draft paper and electronic clinical templates to reduce the burden of the face to face narrative mandate.