WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last week proposed changes to the Home Health Prospective Payment System that would allow home health agencies to be reimbursed for remote patient monitoring under Medicare. The agency made the proposal as part of a larger group of changes to the HHPPS, which include allowing the cost of remote patient monitoring to be reported by home health agencies as allowable costs on the Medicare cost report form. The proposals “would give doctors more time to spend with their patients, allow home health agencies to leverage innovation and drive better results for patients,” said Seema Verma, CMS Administrator, in a statement. Verma said the proposed changes are expected to help foster the adoption of emerging technologies by home health agencies and result in more effective care planning, as data is shared among patients, their caregivers and their providers. CMS is accepting comments on the proposed home health rule until Aug. 31.
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