Posted on Monday, January 11, 2021
Last week, CMS announced that the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model has been certified for expansion through rulemaking beginning no sooner than Calendar Year (CY) 2022. The model, implemented in nine states, has resulted in an average 4.6% improvement in home health agencies’ quality scores as well as average annual savings of $141 million to Medicare.
“The Coronavirus pandemic has tragically illustrated how important it is for elderly Americans to have a robust set of options outside of nursing homes,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “Nursing homes will always be an important part of the care continuum – especially for those who need an intensive level of care – but home health services are often preferred by seniors. Expansion of this model would improve the overall value and quality of that home health care – and seniors stand to benefit.”
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