The final rule issued on August 4
by CMS adopts improvements in the quality of care that limit payment for
hospital acquired conditions (HACs) and readmissions. The rule, which updates
Medicare payment policies and rates for inpatient stays at general acute care
and long-term care hospitals (LTCHs) for FY 2015, builds on the
administration’s efforts for better hospital patient outcomes and slowing the
long-term health care cost growth. See the entire final rule here.
On November 27, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the Calendar Year (CY) 2014 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (PPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System Policy Changes and Payment Rates final rule with comment period. The rule will be published December 10. Comments are due January 27, 2014.
CMS updated the Medicare claims processing manual for ESRD; chapter 11 received numerous additions and clarifications. Read the CodeWrite article here: