This demonstration is testing two alternative methods of paying home health agencies (HHA) on a prospective basis for services furnished under the Medicare program: (1) per visit by type of HHA visit discipline (Phase I), and (2) payment per episode of Medicare-covered home health care (Phase II). The evaluation will combine estimates of program impacts on cost, service use, access and quality, with detailed information on how agencies actually change their behavior to produce a full understanding of what would happen if prospective payment replaced the current cost-based reimbursement system nationally.
EXPECTED DATE OF COMPLETION:09/30/2001
AGENCY SPONSOR: Office of Strategic Planning
FEDERAL CONTACT: Ann Meadow, 410-786-6602
PIC ID: 7203
PERFORMER: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., Washington, DC