Tag: 2020 PPS proposed rule

CDC releases fact sheets to help discuss pain management, risks of opioids

Four new fact sheets have been released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to aid a discussion between patients and providers about pain management options and possible risks of opioid medication. The fact sheets are designed to help providers talk with patients about acute pain, chronic pain, prescription opioids and reducing risk […]

CMS puts more weight on behavioral assumptions, but increases payments by 1.3%

CMS is seeking to reduce agency payments even more than expected to account for assumed behavioral changes agencies will make as part of the Jan. 1, 2020, implementation of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). Even with the shift from 6.42% to an 8.01% reduction in agencies’ payments due to behavioral changes, the home health industry […]