On Thursday, June 28, 2013, Medicare released its proposed rule implementing fiscal year (FY) 2014 payment rates for the Home Health Prospective Payment System. The rule proposes to cut home health payment rates by 1.5 percent relative to FY 2013 payment rates. In its March 2013 report to Congress, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) urged Congress to reduce home health payments. A copy of the relevant MedPAC chapter is available here.

A copy of the 123-page proposed rule is available here. Comments are due to CMS no later than 5:00 pm on Monday, August 26, 2013.