CMS Issues Proposed Rule for 2018 Payment Policy Updates for Medicare Hospital Admissions

Last week the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule to update 2018 Medicare payment and policies when patients are admitted into hospitals.

The new rule, proposes an increase of about 1.6% in operating payment rates for general acute care hospitals paid under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) that participate successfully in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) program, and maintain electronic health records. The agency projects the rate increase along with other proposed changes to IPPS policies – will increase IPPS operating payments by about 1.7%.

Moreover, CMS estimates that proposed changes in uncompensated care payments will increase IPPS operating payments by an additional 1.2%, for a total increase in IPPS operating payments of 2.9%.

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