AN ANALYSIS AND COMMENTARY ON FEDERAL HEALTH CARE ISSUES BY LARRY GOLDBERG
CMS Releases Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility FY 2017 PPS Update
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have published its final rule to update the payment rates for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) for Federal fiscal year (FY) 2017. The document is currently on display at the Federal Register office. Publication is scheduled for August 5th. A copy of the 281-page document is at: https://s3.amazonaws.com/publicinspection.federalregister.gov/2016-18196.pdf. This link will be superseded upon publication. The IRF PPS Addenda along with other supporting documents and tables referenced in the rule are available on the CMS Web site at: http://www.cms.hhs.gov/Medicare/Medicare-Fee-for-ServicePayment/InpatientRehabFacPPS/. Changes to IRF payment policies and rates: Changes to the payment rates under the IRF PPS CMS is proposing to update the IRF PPS payments to reflect an estimated 1.65 percent increase factor (reflecting an IRF-specific market basket estimate of 2.7 percent, reduced by a 0.3 percentage point multi-factor productivity adjustment and a 0.75 percentage point reduction both required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
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