CMS releases proposed FY 2015 IRF, SNF rules

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today released proposed rules updating Medicare fee-for-service payments for two post-acute settings for fiscal year 2015. The inpatient rehabilitation facility prospective payment system proposed rule would implement a net increase of 2.2%, or $160 million, in FY 2015 compared to FY 2014.  It also proposes modifications to requirements for therapy reporting, coding for the “60% Rule” and the IRF quality reporting program. The skilled-nursing facility PPS proposed rule would increase aggregate payments by 2.0%, or $750 million, in FY 2015 compared to FY 2014. The SNF rule also proposes to revise how providers will report changes of therapy and clarifies requirements related to civil monetary penalties. The IRF rule will be published in the May 7 Federal Register and the SNF rule will be published in the May 6 edition; comments on both rules will be accepted through June 30. AHA staff is reviewing the rule and will provide further analysis.

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