This week’s Medicare updates include Fiscal Year 2017 Inpatient Prospective Payment System and Long Term Care Hospital PPS Changes; Revisions to State Operations Manual for Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) and Swing-Beds in CAHs; and more!
The fiscal year (FY) 2017 IPPS final rule was released August 2 and will be published in the Federal Register August 22. The majority of the finalized updates are consistent with those outlined in the proposed rule, but with a few refinements to applicable time periods. The final rule expands and refines the number of claims-based outcomes linked to payment under these programs.
Effective October 1, 2017, performance for cost and quality measures in the HRRP, HVBP, and HACRP will impact up to 6% of your hospital's inpatient acute Medicare fee-for-service reimbursement.
So, where to begin? First, become familiar with the measure specifications and risk-adjustment methodologies, in addition to existing CMS provided reports on historical performance, to gain insights into your organization's clinical documentation and coding vulnerabilities.