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CMS’ final rule identifies the CY 2018 Medicare policies and rates for the HHA prospective payment system and wage index. Download the rate calculator.

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Find Your Home Health Agency’s 2018 Medicare PPS Rate

  • Jhonna DeMarcky
  • 12/1/2017

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final calendar year (CY) 2018 payment and policy changes for Medicare home health agencies (HHAs) in November 2017.

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The final rule identifies the CY 2018 Medicare policies and rates for the home health agency prospective payment system and wage index.

CMS projects that payments to HHAs in CY 2018 will decrease by $80 million. This equates to a net decrease of 0.4 percent when compared with CY 2017. This estimated decrease takes into consideration the expiration of the rural add-on, which is slated to expire on December 31, 2017. There is activity in Congress that would extend the rural add-on, and it could still be passed before the end of the calendar year (2017). CLA will post updated rates if the rural add-on is extended.

To see your agency's rates, download the 2018 Home Health Agency Medicare Prospective Payment System Rate Calculator.

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