|CMS-1716-P drafted on 4/23/2019; Published in the Federal Register on 5/3/2019. On April 23, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a rule that focuses the agency’s efforts on a singular objective: transforming the healthcare delivery system through competition and innovation to provide patients with better value and results. The proposed rule updates Medicare payment policies and rates for hospitals under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System (PPS), effective for discharges on or after October 1, 2019. The policies in the IPPS and LTCH PPS proposed rule would represent historic changes to the way rural hospitals are paid and help ensure access to a world-class healthcare system with access to potentially life-saving diagnostics and therapies by unleashing innovation in medical technology and removing barriers to competition. Overall, the proposed rule is projected to result in an estimated increase of $4.7B (or 3.7%) in payments to providers, ranging from 1.7% increases for urban hospitals in the New England Region up to 4.9% increases for smaller, rural hospitals. Comments must be sent to CMS no later than 5pm EDT on June 24, 2019 at the applicable address provided in each section of the Proposed Rule or submitted electronically at http://www.regulations.gov. When commenting, please refer to file code CMS-1716-P.|
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