The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has scheduled January 1, 2016 as the implementation date of the Home Health Value Based Purchasing Program (HHVBP). This is expected to be the most significant Medicare change since the 2000 implementation of prospective payment. It is an important step in the revamping of how Medicare pays for health care services.
An important issue is when the affected agencies will receive information essential for providers to understand what the performance targets are. Until the release of this information, providers cannot determine how their performance compares to those measures and which areas need the most improvement effort in order to gain a financial bonus in HHVBP or avoid a penalty. CMS officials have indicated that this information will not be available prior to April 2016. This will provide time to process the 2015 baseline data.
CMS officials have indicated that they will provide responses to all questions through their HHVBP website. This will allow participants to have access to the information. Questions can be submitted to CMS through HHVBPquestions@cms.hhs.gov. There is a webinar scheduled for December 2, 2015 that HHAs can access, along with a web portal, to see the performance records and enter new measures.
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