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CMS Releases FFY 2022 Wage Index Development Timetable

[05/15/20]

Posted on May 15, 2020 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On May 8, 2020, CMS released the FY 2022 Hospital Wage Index Development Timetable. The timetable indicates that the preliminary FY 2022 Worksheet S-3, Parts II and III wage index Public Use File (“PUF”) will be released on May 18, 2020. The PUF will contain wage data based on FFY 2018 hospital cost reports... READ MORE

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Did the Ground Just Shift? CMS Proposes Changes to Hospital Wage Index Areas

[05/13/20]

Posted on May 13, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates, Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On May 11, 2020, CMS released the 2021 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (“IPPS”) Proposed Rule (“Proposed Rule”). Among other changes in the Proposed Rule, CMS is adopting updated labor market area delineations to take effect on October 1, 2020. Hospitals should review whether they are in a county that is affected by the updated... READ MORE

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Deadlines Matter in Wage Index Case

[02/28/20]

Posted on February 28, 2020 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On February 11, 2020, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (D.C.) Circuit upheld the decision of a lower court granting summary judgment in favor of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) in a wage index calculation Medicare reimbursement case. The Court held that the Secretary’s... READ MORE

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CMS Finalizes Changes for Low Wage Hospitals and Rural Floor

[08/19/19]

Posted on August 19, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On August 16, 2019, the Federal Fiscal Year (“FFY”) 2020 Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (“IPPS”) final rule (“IPPS Final Rule”) was published in the Federal Register. In the IPPS Final Rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) finalized several changes announced in the proposed rule, including several changes to address disparities between high... READ MORE

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CMS Releases FFY 2021 Preliminary Public Use File and Wage Index Development Timetable

[05/22/19]

Posted on May 22, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On May 17, 2019, CMS released the preliminary FY 2021 Worksheet S-3, Parts II and III wage index Public Use File (“PUF”). The PUF contains wage data based on FFY 2017 hospital cost reports – that is, cost reports with fiscal year begin dates of on or after October 1, 2016 and on or before September 30, 2017. The... READ MORE

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Wage Index Fix? CMS Proposes Changes for Low Wage Hospitals and Rural Floor

[04/30/19]

Posted on April 30, 2019 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

On April 23, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released the Federal Fiscal Year (“FFY”) 2020 Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (“IPPS”) proposed rule (“IPPS Proposed Rule”). Among many other changes, CMS proposed several changes to address disparities between high and low wage index areas and fixing the so-called “rural floor.”... READ MORE

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CMS Releases FFY 2019 Proposed Rule, Triggers Wage Index and Reclassification Deadlines

[05/03/18]

Posted on May 3, 2018 in Health Law News

Published by: Hall Render

The FFY 2019 IPPS Proposed Rule (“Proposed Rule”) was released on April 24, 2018, and CMS published the associated tables on its website. It is expected that the Proposed Rule will be published in the Federal Register on May 7. The release of the Proposed Rule and the accompanying tables triggers the start to... READ MORE

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CMS Interpretive Guideline Changes on Use of Feeding Tubes

[09/08/11]

Posted on September 8, 2011 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Selby, Todd J.

Yesterday, CMS sent a new transmittal to the state survey agencies on the use of feeding tubes in nursing homes. In short, F321 has been combined into F322 and according the CMS the changes were made to provide nursing home surveyors with guidance to determine compliance with use of feeding tubes by nursing homes. ... READ MORE

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CMS Home Health, Hospice & Durable Medical Equipment Forum Today at 2 p.m. EST.

[08/17/11]

Posted on August 17, 2011 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

The proposed agenda for today’s Home Health, Hospice & DME/Quality Open Door Forum is as follows: Hospice wage index final rule published; Hospice CR 7518 with FY 2012 updated rates and cap amount issued; Timeline for Hospice CAP changes; HHCAHPS Updates.  This is scheduled for Wednesday, August 17, 2011 from 2:00pm-3:00pm EST. Resistration for this... READ MORE

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In FY 2012: Medicare Hospice Wage Index Increases 2.5%, Other Hospice Changes

[07/29/11]

Posted on July 29, 2011 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) increased fiscal year (FY) 2012 Medicare payments by 2.5% for hospice providers in a final regulation released July 29.  Also included in the final regulation are requirements for hospice providers to start collecting quality of care data and changes to the way CMS counts hospice patients... READ MORE

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