Payment Matters: CMS Releases Proposed FFY 2012 IPPS Rule


CMS has released its proposed federal fiscal year (FFY) 2012 prospective payment system (PPS) rule for inpatient stays in acute care and long-term care hospitals (LTCHs). The rule projects a decrease in operating payments to acute care hospitals in the amount of $498 million dollars for FFY 2012, a 0.5% decrease in comparison with FFY 2011 payments. The proposed rule can be viewed here [PDF] (See full alert below for link). The proposed rule would:

- Add six new MS-DRGs, bringing the total to 751.

- Retool the administration of the quality reporting process under the Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) program by changing the deadlines for reporting quality data and tightening timelines for hospitals to submit records as part of the validation process.

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