CMS has proposed plans to expand the Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) model nationwide by the start of next year. The agency did so in its proposed payment rule for 2022.

In addition to the HHVBP expansion, CMS proposed to increase Medicare payments to home health agencies by 1.7% next year, which equates to a roughly $310 million bump. Last year’s proposed payment rule for 2021 included a 2.6% boost, with the final rule lowering that to 1.9%.

Apart from HHVBP and a standard rate increase, the proposed payment rule also tweaked the formal home health Conditions of Participation (CoPs) and offered insight into CMS’s plans for future Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) adjustments.

“Homebound Medicare patients face a unique set of challenges and barriers to getting the care they need,” CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure said in a statement. “This proposed rule would streamline service delivery and value quality over quantity – at a time when Americans need it most.”

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