The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its fiscal year (FY) 2013 final rule for the hospital inpatient and long-term care prospective payment systems (PPS) on Aug. 1. The final rule will take effect Oct. 1. The rule affects inpatient PPS hospitals, critical access hospitals (CAHs), PPS-exempt cancer hospitals, and long-term care hospitals (LTCHs). In addition, this year, the rule contains policies affecting inpatient psychiatric facilities and ambulatory surgical centers. CMS did not make any changes affecting CAHs.
The American Hospital Association has published a Regulatory Advisory highlighting the major provisions of the rule, excluding those provisions impacting LTCHs. (Watch for a separate advisory on policies related to the LTCH PPS.) If you are an MHA member and would like a copy of the advisory, email Shawn Rossi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MHA CEOs: A copy of this advisory is also available in the CEO Community on MHA Connect.