CMS Finalizes CY2021 Payment Rules for Home Health

On November 4, CMS finalized Medicare payment policy updates for home health providers that are effective January 1, 2021. The rule includes an overall payment rate increase of $410 million that rural areas will experience as 1.5 percent greater than last year.  Other policy updates are related to rural add-on payments, remote patient monitoring, and the home infusion therapy benefit.  CMS finalized using the September 14, 2018 OMB Bulletin for delineations for Core-Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs), so several counties changed status as to whether they are rural or urban.  CMS included a transition period to mitigate any potential decreases in payments.