Long-Term Care

Senate passes "doc-fix" bill that links SNF payments to hospital readmissions; delays ICD-10

MDS 3.0 Insider, April 4, 2014

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Both houses of Congress now have passed a bill that ties skilled nursing facility Medicare reimbursements to hospital readmissions, starting in 2018. The Senate approved the “Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014” in a 64 to 35 vote Monday evening. The measure, will also postpone the transition to the ICD-10 code set by one year and prevent scheduled physician pay cuts, is expected to be swiftly signed by President Barack Obama.
 
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