Posted on July 14, 2017
On July 13, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule to update the Medicare fee-for-service outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) for 2018. Highlights of the proposed rule include:
The MHA, along with the American Hospital Association and others, urge the CMS to withdraw this proposal, which will threaten access to care for vulnerable patients, including those in rural areas, rather than addressing the rising cost of pharmaceuticals.
In the next few weeks, the MHA will provide additional detail on the proposed rule, including a hospital-specific impact analysis. The MHA will also make its draft comment letter available to members prior to the due date and encourages members to submit their comments to the CMS by Sept. 11. The CMS is expected to release a final rule by Nov. 1 for the Jan. 1, 2018, effective date.
Members with questions should contact Vickie Kunz at the MHA.
Tags: OPPS, proposed rule, CMS, FFS
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