Final Inpatient Payment Rule Increases ACH Payments by $2.4 Billion, Cuts LTCH Payments by $110 million

Final Inpatient Payment Rule Increases ACH Payments by $2.4 Billion, Cuts LTCH Payments by $110 million

Acute care hospitals (ACHs) will receive a $2.4 billion increase in payment rates in 2018 and see a relaxation in some reporting requirements related to electronic health records (EHRs) under the final prospective payment system (PPS) rule issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on August 2. The long-term care hospital (LTCH) situation isn’t as positive, however, with a projected 2.4% cut on the books for fiscal year (FY) 2018.

The inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) final rule (CMS fact sheet here) covers a range of areas related to how ACHs and LTCHs will operate in relation to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries.

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