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CMS: Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2019 Rates; Quality Reporting Requirements for Specific Providers; Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs (Promoting Interoperability Programs) Requirements for Eligible Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, and Eligible Professionals; Medicare Cost Reporting Requirements; and Physician Certification and Recertification of Claims Federal Register
Aug 17, 2018 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to revise the Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems (IPPS) for operating and capital related costs of acute care hospitals and to update payment policies and rates for inpatient services provided by long-term care hospitals. Also includes new requirements for eligible health professionals, hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals participating in Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs, among other things. Includes implications for rural facilities throughout. The final rule will be effective on October 1, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Program; Application From DNV GL-Healthcare (DNV GL) for Continued Approval of Its Hospital Accreditation Program Federal Register
Aug 17, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to approve DNV GL-Healthcare's application for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for hospital that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The approve is effective for the period of August 17, 2018 through September 26, 2022.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2019; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements; Quality Payment Program; and Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program; Correction Federal Register
Aug 9, 2018 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services making corrections to Figure A, as filed in the July 27, 2018 proposed rule to revise payment policies under the Physician Fee Schedule.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare Program; Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) Final Rule for FY 2019, SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program, and SNF Quality Reporting Program Federal Register
Aug 8, 2018 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update FY 2019 payment rates for skilled nursing facilities (SNF) under the prospective payment system, effective October 1, 2018. Finalizes revisions to the regulation text that describes a beneficiary's SNF "resident" status under the consolidated billing provision and the required content of the SNF level of care certification. Also includes updates to the SNF Quality Reporting Program and Value-Based Purchasing Program, among other things.
Source: Federal Register
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Rural Hospital Closures Climb Quickly to Eighty-Seven
Aug 8, 2018 - Blog post from the National Rural Health Association highlighting recent hospital closures across the country, bringing the total number of closures since 2010 to 87. With yet another closure on the horizon some areas of the country are left with even larger access issues than ever before.
Source: Rural Health Voices
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CMS: Medicare Program; FY 2019 Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System and Quality Reporting Updates for Fiscal Year Beginning October 1, 2018 (FY 2019) Federal Register
Aug 6, 2018 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid updating the prospective payment rates for FY 2019 for Medicare inpatient hospital services provided by inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPF), including psychiatric hospitals and excluded psychiatric units of an acute care hospital or Critical Access Hospital. Also updated labor-related share and wage indexes, as well as quality and reporting measures. The rule is effective October 1, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Medicare Program; Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System for Federal Fiscal Year 2019 Federal Register
Aug 6, 2018 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to update prospective payment rates for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) for FY 2019 and remove certain measures and assessment instruments in an effort to reduce the administrative burden of paperwork for IRFs. Also makes updates to the IRF Quality Reporting Program requirements. The rule is effective on October 1, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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Feds Again Probe Problems at Government-run South Dakota Hospital
Aug 4, 2018 - Two years after a seven-month shutdown of its emergency room, the Indian Health Service (IHS) hospital in Rosebud, SD has again been visited by federal inspectors from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Source: Argus Leader
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CMS: Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2019; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements; Quality Payment Program; and Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program Federal Register
Jul 27, 2018 - Notice of proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services making changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and other Medicare Part B payment policies. Provides information on payment for rural facilities and providers throughout. Comments on the proposed rule are due by September 10, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Federal Register
Jul 17, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Eligibility of Drugs, Biologicals, and Radiopharmaceutical Agents for Transitional Pass-Through Status Under the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS); 2) Medicare Subpart D-Private Contracts; and 3) Medicare Disproportionate Share Adjustment Procedures and Criteria, which provides additional payment to hospitals that serve a disproportionate share of low-income patients. Comments are due by September 17, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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