Home health industry faces big cuts

Home health industry faces big cuts

Oregon's rural home health providers don’t make as much as they should from serving Medicare patients, and the state’s providers overall are slated for a big hit next year.

Last week, Oregon’s Congressional delegation signed a letter to Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, asking her to adjust the 2013 reimbursement rates for the state’s rural home health providers, saying unusually low wages at one rural hospital in Coos Bay had unfairly brought down the wage index used to set federal reimbursement the entire state’s rural home health sector – amounting to a six percent cut. The index is based on wages at seven rural hospitals.

Read more at Oregonlive.