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MedPAC Recommends Reduction To Hospital Outpatient Department, LTCH Payment Rates, Increases To Inpatient Acure Care Hospital...

On January 16, the Medicare Payment Advisory Committee (MedPAC) unanimously voted to recommend that Congress direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to...more

CMS to Begin Implementing 25 Percent Threshold for LTCHs

CMS, in its federal fiscal year (FFY) 2014 final rule, has allowed its five-year moratorium on the 25 percent threshold payment adjustment policy to expire. Following the lifting of this moratorium, LTCHs that admit more than...more

CMS Releases Final FFY 2014 IPPS Rule

CMS has released its final federal fiscal year (FFY) 2014 prospective payment system (PPS) rule for inpatient stays in acute care and long-term care hospitals (LTCHs). The rule projects a net increase in operating payments to...more

Health Reform + Related Health Policy News - May 2013

In This Issue: - Top News ..HHS Releases Hospital Pricing Data in Transparency Effort; Results Show Significant Variation ..States Divided on Medicaid Expansion ..CMS Issues FY 2014 Proposed Rules for...more

CMS Proposes Prospective Payment System Update Rules for Inpatient and Long Term Care Hospitals

On Friday, April 26, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a crucial payment system rule that proposes updated rates and regulatory policies for inpatient hospitals (including inpatient psychiatric...more

CMS Releases Proposed FFY 2014 IPPS Rule

CMS has released its proposed federal fiscal year (FFY) 2014 prospective payment system (PPS) rule for inpatient stays in acute care and long-term care hospitals (LTCHs). The rule projects a net increase in operating payments...more

CMS Issues Proposed Changes to LTCH Payment Rates and Other Payment Policies for Fiscal Year 2014

On April 26, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released the proposed update to the Medicare long-term acute care hospital prospective payment system (“LTCH PPS”) policies and payment rates for fiscal...more

CMS Proposes Changes to Overly Burdensome Rules

On February 4, 2013, CMS proposed certain reforms to Medicare regulations that would eliminate or change rules seen as unnecessary, obsolete, or excessively burdensome on hospitals and other health care providers. The...more

Long Term Care Hospital Moratorium Expires

As of December 29, 2012, the moratorium preventing the designation of new long term care hospitals (LTCHs) or LTCH satellites or the addition of new LTCH beds has expired....more

MedPAC Issues FY 2014 Payment Recommendations for Inpatient and Outpatient Hospitals, LTCHs, Hospices and ASCs

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), an independent Congressional agency established to advise Congress on issues affecting the Medicare program, recently voted on FY 2014 payment recommendations for: (1)...more

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