Beginning January 1, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin using a new payment methodology, Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM). PDGM will be used to reimburse home health agencies that provide home health services to Medicare beneficiaries under Medicare fee-for-service.
Highlights of the PDGM include:
- Payments to home health agencies are expected to increase by 1.3% ($250 million total).
- An increased reliance on clinical characteristics and other patient information will result in “meaningful payment categories” for home health periods of care.
- The home health unit of payment will change from a 60-day episode of care to a 30-day period of care.
- The 30-day periods will be assigned to one of 432 case-mix groups based on specific variables including (but not limited to) admission source, functional impairment level, etc.
- Home infusion therapy payment rates will be updated routinely.
- The use of therapy service thresholds will be eliminated.
- Therapy assistants will be allowed to provide maintenance therapy.
CHPW will follow the new CMS Medicare methodology. Effective for home health services beginning on or after January 1, 2020, all such services for CHPW Medicare Advantage members should be billed according to the new PDGM.
Please refer to the following CMS resources for an overview of the PDGM:
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