Medicare Home Health Rebasing Cuts
In the final Home Health Prospective Payment System (HHPPS) rule for CY 2014 issued on November 22, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) cut the Medicare home health benefit by 3.5% each year, amounting to a 14% cut over the next four years (2014-2017). Such massive cuts will have devastating consequences and endanger access to clinically advanced, cost-effective home healthcare that is necessary for homebound patients.
CMS itself admits* that this cut will cause 40% of providers to suffer net losses by 2017. According to Avalere Health, nearly 1.5 million seniors could lose access to home health services and as many as 500,000 home health jobs could be eliminated as a result of these cuts.
As a result of CMS' unprecedented cut, senior and disabled Americans in every state who depend on home healthcare services face enormous risk.
We must protect access to home healthcare for America's vulnerable seniors.
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