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Fed Regist. 2006 Nov 9;71(217):65883-66006.

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; final rule.


This final rule sets forth an update to the 60-day national episode rates and the national per-visit amounts under the Medicare prospective payment system for home health services. In addition, this final rule sets forth policy changes related to Medicare payment for certain durable medical equipment for the purpose of implementing sections 1834(a)(5) and 1834(a)(7) of the Social Security Act, as amended by section 5101 of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005. This final rule also responds to public comments on the August 3, 2006, proposed rule that pertain to a number of issues including the requirement that home health payments are based on the reporting of specific quality data by home health agencies.

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