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 â€śdrasticâ€ť or â€śradicalâ€ť and have pointed out that HHGM will â€ścreate major incentives to underserve Medicare beneficiaries.â€ť Below are some examples of what these Â groups are saying about HHGM:
â€śHHGM methodology only reflects the needs of some Medicare beneficiaries, while Medicare law applies to every Medicare beneficiary.â€ť
â€śA 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 Americaâ€™s Veterans who largely depend on home health.â€ťÂ
â€śWe 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.â€ť
Itâ€™s essential that every Member of Congress hear from the home health community on this important issue.