Proposed Policy Would Increase Medicaid Hospital Short Stay Rate

Posted on November 30, 2017

On Nov. 27, the Medical Services Administration (MSA) released a concurrent proposed and final policy to increase the hospital short stay rate from $1,314 to $1,608, effective for dates of service on and after Jan. 1, 2018, while maintaining existing criteria to qualify for the rate. This change, contingent upon approval by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, is being made to ensure that the impact of the short stay rate is neutral to the MSA budget.

Featured in Monday Report. Click to view the full edition. The MSA established the hospital short stay rate policy, which took effect in July 2015, to provide a single rate for short inpatient and outpatient hospital visits that meet certain criteria. The policy is aimed at reducing administrative efforts for both hospitals and Medicaid health plans to determine the status of a patient.

The MHA encourages hospitals to submit comments on the proposed policy to the MSA by Jan. 1. Members with questions should contact Jason Jorkasky at the MHA.

Tags: Medicaid, CMS, MSA, comments, proposed policy, short stay rate

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