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An Analysis and Commentary on Federal Health Care Issues by Larry Goldberg

CMS Finalizes Skilled Nursing Facility PPS FY 2018 Update.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued a final rule that will update the payment rates used under the prospective payment system (PPS) for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), for fiscal year (FY) 2018.

Major provisions of the final rule also include policies related to the SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program, and the SNF Quality Reporting Program, and an updated performance period for the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Healthcare Personnel (HCP) Influenza Vaccination Reporting Measure included in the End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Quality Incentive Program (QIP) for Payment Year 2020.

The document is currently on display at the Federal Register office. Publication is scheduled for August 4th . A copy of the 380-page document is at: https://s3.amazonaws.com/publicinspection.federalregister.gov/2017-16256.pdf. This link will be superseded upon publication. The August 4th Federal link is: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2017-16256

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