- More than 8 out of 10 New Hampshire seniors prefer to receive medical care at home -
New Hampshire's home health leaders today released new polling data on New Hampshire seniors' opinions on the value of skilled home healthcare services in the Medicare program and proposed cuts that threaten to reduce Medicare payments by an unprecedented 14 percent. The survey polled 549 New Hampshire registered voters aged 65 and older.
Overwhelmingly, New Hampshire seniors favor Medicare home health services and oppose cuts that harm access to clinically advanced, cost-effective and patient-preferred home healthcare.
In June, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed regulation that would "rebase" home health Medicare payments by 3.5 percent annually from 2014–2017, resulting in an unprecedented cut of 14 percent, which would devastate New Hampshire's home health provider community and create access challenges for the state's 19,264 home health Medicare beneficiaries.
New analyses reveal that if the proposed rule takes affect in its current form, New Hampshire's home health agencies will have an average Medicare margin of -8.4% by 2017 with 65.5% of its home health agencies operating with a Medicare margin at or below zero percent.
The survey findings show: