Posted on September 08, 2017
The MHA has drafted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the proposed rule to update the Medicare fee-for-service outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) effective Jan. 1, 2018. In its comments, the MHA objects to the following provisions of the proposed rule:
In the rule, the CMS proposes to remove six measures from the outpatient quality reporting program, with two measures proposed for removal in 2020 and four proposed for 2021 removal. The MHA supports the removal of these measures, but encourages the CMS to remove all six measures as soon as possible rather than staggering the process over a two-year period. In addition, the MHA urged the CMS to work with the hospital and community mental health center partial hospitalization program (PHP) providers to evaluate the variety of factors, beyond hours-per-week, that appropriately represent the “intensity” of services for a PHP. Other considerations could include factors such as the number of units of services provided per day and the types of services provided.
The MHA encourages hospitals to submit comments to the CMS by 5 p.m. EDT Sept. 11. A final rule is expected by Nov. 1. Members with questions should contact Vickie Kunz at the MHA.
Tags: Medicare, OPPS, proposed rule, CMS, FFS, comments
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