NAHC President: CMS was Strategic, Tactical in How Final Rule was Announced

Posted November 10, 2022

CMS was strategic when the announced the final payment rule last week, as they could look like the “good guys” by releasing plans for more severe cuts initially, then pulling back once the Final Rule was released.

That is the assessment made by William A. Dombi, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), less than a week removed the final rule’s publishing.

“It’s important to understand some of the politics of what happened in this final rule,” Dombi said during a NAHC webinar Friday. “CMS went with a headline saying they were cutting over $800 million — in one year alone — from home health care spending to a headline that now says they’re increasing spending by $125 billion. That was a strategic, tactical move by CMS to put out a positive headline.”

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