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As CMS experiments with new payment systems that create incentives for providers to increase their performance in several areas, home care agencies must evaluate their readiness to deal with Alternative Payment Models that promote outcomes-based care, and the specific metrics that measure quality of care, patient satisfaction, and health outcomes.
CMS has finalized its plan to align the Hospice Cap Year with the federal fiscal year. Beginning with the 2017 Cap year, the time frame for computing the hospice cap will end on September 30. The time frame for counting beneficiaries is also revised.
With fewer doctors caring for patients in nursing homes, being replaced by nurse practitioners and physician assistants, home care becomes an even more appealing option for direct medical support.
Home care has been an essential component for the aging population to avoid some of the alternatives that can be far costlier, but now it’s also beginning to pave the way for improved health care at home.