Posted Sunday, July 18, 2021

As part of the 2022 proposed home health rate update rule, CMS is asking for information on the adequacy of home health aide staffing. This request is made in response to a 2019 MedPac Report that noted between 1998 and 2017 home health visits declined by 88 percent.

CMS is seeking information on the following questions.

  • Whether home health agencies employ or arrange for (under contract) home health aides to provide aide services;
  • The number of home health aides per home health agency (both directly employed and under contract), and whether the number has increased or decreased over the past 5–10 years;
  • The average number of aide hours per beneficiary with aide service ordered on the plan of care;
  • The effect of the public health emergency on the ability of HHAs to employ home health aides or arrange for (under contract) the provision of home health aide services.

survey has been developed by the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) that incorporates these questions.

The survey responses will help inform comments NAHC submits on the proposed rule. Agency identifying information is not required and will not be shared if provided.

Click here to take the brief survey.

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