Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Medicare Program; Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update for Calendar Year 2007 and Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 Changes to Medicare Payment for Oxygen Equipment and Capped Rental Durable Medical Equipment
GAO-07-230R: Nov 22, 2006
- Full Report:
GAO reviewed the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) new rule on the home health prospective payment system rate update for calendar year 2007 and the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 changes to medicare equipment for oxygen equipment and capped rental durable medical equipment. GAO found that (1) the final rule sets forth an update to the 60-day national episode rates and national per-visit amounts under the Medicare prospective payment system for home health services and sets forth policy changes related to Medicare payment for certain durable medical equipment for the purpose of implementing sections of 1834(a)(5) and 1834(a)(7) of the Social Security Act, as amended by section 5101 of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005; and (2) with the exception of the delay in the rule's effective date, the CMS complied with applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.