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CMS Issues Proposed FY 2015 Payment and Policy Changes for Acute and Long-Term Care Hospitals

Posted on 5/1/2014 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

On Wednesday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule for hospitals paid under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long-Term Acute Care Hospital Prospective Payment System (LTCH PPS). In addition to setting proposed payment rates for hospital inpatient services, the proposed rule updates several quality reporting programs.

Specifically the proposed rule would update the payment rate to general acute care hospitals by 1.3 percent. The rate update for long term care hospitals will be 0.8 percent.  In addition, the rule would continue to implement the Hospital Acquired Conditions (HAC) Reduction program beginning in FY 2015, where the poorest performing hospitals will have their payment reduced by one percent. The rule also includes proposals to update the measures and policies for the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing program and the Readmissions Reduction program, and includes revisions to measures for the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting program, Electronic Health Records Incentive Program, the Long-Term Care Hospital Quality Reporting program, and the PPS-Exempt Cancer Hospital Quality Reporting program.

NTOCC staff will continue to examine the details of the proposed rule and will work with NTOCC’s Policy & Advocacy Workgroup to assess the impact of the proposed rule on care transitions policy.  

Attached please find CMS’ press release on the proposed rule and two fact sheets on the IPPS and Quality of Care.  Click here to view the proposed rule.