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It’s Back… HHGM Looms AgainThe controversial overhaul to the Medicare payment system known as the Home Health Groupings Model is in the short-term budget plan from Congressional Republicans

Home Health Care News reports that the controversial overhaul to the Medicare payment system known as the Home Health Groupings Model is in the short-term budget plan from Congressional Republicans that would fund the federal government through March 23, 2018.

“Section 2201 of the bill calls for home health payment reform similar to HHGM, notably the transition to a 30-day unit of payment for home health services, to be effective starting in 2020. Currently, providers are reimbursed in 60-day units. Unlike the original HHGM proposal, this one calls for implementation to be budget-neutral. When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) first introduced the HHGM framework last year, it estimated that it would result in an overall $950 million payment cut for providers if implemented in a non-budget neutral manner and about a $480 million cut if implemented in a partially budget-neutral manner.”

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