By Marian Essey, RN, BSN, COS-C
On November 1, 2023, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the calendar year (CY) 2024 Home Health Prospective Payment System (HH PPS) Rate Update final rule, which updates Medicare payment policies and rates for Home Health Agencies (HHAs).
This rule includes routine updates to the Medicare Home Health PPS payment rates for CY 2024 in accordance with existing statutory and regulatory requirements. CMS estimates that Medicare payments to HHAs in CY 2024 will increase in the aggregate by 0.8 percent, or $140 million, compared to CY 2023.
In addition, CMS is also finalizing its proposals to rebase and revise the home health market basket; revise the labor-related share; recalibrate the PDGM case-mix weights; update the low utilization payment adjustment (LUPA) thresholds, functional impairment levels, and comorbidity adjustment subgroups for CY 2024; codify statutory requirements for disposable negative pressure wound therapy (dNPWT); and establish regulations to implement payment for items and services under two new benefits: lymphedema compression treatment items and home intravenous immune globulin (IVIG).
CMS is finalizing the following measures:
- COVID-19 Vaccine: Percent of Patients/Residents Who Are Up to Date (Patient/Resident COVID-19 Vaccine) measure to the HH QRP beginning with the CY 2025 HH QRP.
- Functional Discharge Score (DC Function) measure to the HH QRP beginning with the CY 2025 HH QRP.
The final rule can be downloaded from the Federal Register.