Almost Family feels CMS has obligation to implement HHGM budget neutral
Almost Family said in tonight's earnings release, "With regard to the proposed rule, we feel very strongly CMS has an obligation to implement the HHGM in a budget neutral manner consistent with CMS' historical practices in rule making and with its statutory grant of authority from Congress. To do otherwise may put vulnerable patient populations at risk and most certainly will drive unnecessary opposition to what is otherwise directionally a positive policy development. Having said that, we feel CMS is signaling a new era in provider-industry collaboration, and we in the home health industry have an obligation to work reciprocally with CMS to further refine the model prior to its implementation. We're pleased that many of the design principles of this new case mix model are consistent with an increased focus on chronically ill populations which is an approach we have long championed. We very much appreciate the inclusive process and early announcement of the model by CMS last year and its inclusion in the current rule, some 18 months before possible implementation."