CMS sticks to home infusion plan

Thursday, July 9, 2020

WASHINGTON – CMS’s proposed home health rule for 2021 does not include any fixes to how it plans to implement its home infusion benefit. In the rule, released on June 25, the agency continues to limit reimbursement to only those days when a nurse is in the home. The National Home Infusion Association continues to assert that the policy introduces unnecessary risk for patients and health care providers when services are provided in the home to patients that rely on lifesaving infused medications. “Now, under the public health emergency, the stakes have never been higher for patients and health care institutions, such as hospitals and nursing homes, where the focus is on reducing the transmission of COVID-19,” said Connie Sullivan, president and CEO.