A new home health care regulation finalized by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services brings major changes in how Medicare will pay for home health services in the future.

In addition to updating Medicare payment rates, the new rule also:

  • introduces a new home health payment system called the Patient-Driven Groupings Model that de-emphasizes the volume of care provided;
  • authorizes Medicare payments for remote patient monitoring;
  • adds a new home infusion therapy benefit; and
  • reduces the amount of quality data home health providers must report.

To learn more about the new regulation, which takes effect on January 1, 2019, go here to see a CMS news release, here to see a CMS fact sheet, or here to see the 682-page regulation itself.