June 25, 2020
CMS wants to make permanent changes to telehealth flexibilities for home health providers, the agency said Thursday.
The Trump administration loosened telehealth restrictions for home health providers during the COVID-19 pandemic but now wants them to go beyond the public health emergency. According to the proposed rule, CMS is looking to bump pay for home health providers by 2.6% overall, or about $540 million.
The agency is proposing a 5% cap on wage index cuts for 2021 and finalizing changes to home infusion therapy that must go into effect by January 1 under the 21st Century Cures Act.