The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services wants home health agencies to accelerate their use of health information technology. The agency is issuing no mandates yet, but certainly is leaving the door open.

CMS’s encouragement of electronic health records and health information exchange is in a proposed rule for the calendar year 2016 Medicare home health prospective payment system, available here. Among the proposed financial provisions in the rule are reductions of 1.72 percent in CY 2016 and 2017 to the national and standardized 60-day episode payment rate, and a home health value-based purchasing model (value-based reimbursement) that would be imposed on all Medicare-certified home health agencies in nine states to be selected under a proposed methodology.

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