CMS clarifies “homebound”

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

BALTIMORE – Medicare beneficiaries must now meet two sets of criteria to be considered “homebound,” according to new rules that take effect Nov. 19. First, they must need supportive devices, special transportation or other help to leave the home. Second, they must be unable to leave the home, or leaving the home must take “a considerable and taxing effort.” CMS says its new definition will prevent confusion, lead to clearer enforcement and offer more definitive guidance to home health agencies.