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Will home care get more high tech?

CMS wants to cut home health care reimbursement rates and pay less for lower-quality care.
CMS wants to cut home health care reimbursement rates and pay less for lower-quality care.

Many families with the ability to pay for home care out of pocket prize flexible, low-cost, independent providers who have as little to do with the government as possible and may not even have checking accounts.

But the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been trying to cut reimbursement rates for “on the books” home health care services, encourage use of low-cost telehealth services, and push hospitals to make sure departing patients get good follow-up care.

Consultants at Deloitte say in a report on the U.S. home health care system that the changes could favor nimble, high-tech players, including regional home health care providers, hospitals with their own office-based provider networks, sophisticated primary care practices, and even retail clinics.

—Allison Bell

In theory, the new rules favor more sophisticated providers.

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