|August 6, 2018
CMS Rule Changes Advance Price Transparency & EHR
This final rule and others issued earlier this week will help improve access to hospital price information, give patients greater access to their health information and allow clinicians to spend more time with their patients.
The IPPS/LTCH PPS final rule also updates geographic payment adjustments for IPPS hospitals. CMS looks forward to continuing to work on geographic payment disparities, particularly for rural hospitals, to the extent permitted under current law and appreciates responses to our request for public input on this issue. By allowing the imputed wage index floor to expire for all-urban states, CMS has begun the process of making geographic payments more equitable for rural hospitals.
In addition, CMS is updating the LTCH PPS standard federal payment rate by 1.35 percent. Overall, under the changes included in the final rule, CMS projects that LTCH PPS payments will increase by approximately 0.9 percent, or $39 million in FY 2019. In addition, CMS is finalizing the proposal to eliminate the 25 percent threshold policy in a budget neutral manner.
(read the text of the entire press release at https://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Press-releases/2018-Press-releases-items/2018-08-02.html )
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