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SDW news brief: CMS scales back on payment cuts

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, August 5, 2011

CMS included a major surprise when it released its final rule for the FY 2012 Inpatient Prospective Payment System integral to inpatient Medicare reimbursement at short-term and long-term acute care hospitals as announced in an August 1 press release.

The rule makers set a documentation and coding adjustment (DCA) of -2.0% instead of the proposed -3.15% for fiscal year (FY) 2012, according to the 2012 inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) final rule released August 1.

CMS originally proposed a year-over-year reduction of 0.5% in payments to acute care hospitals under the FY 2012 IPPS, including a DCA of -3.15%. However, CMS finalized a cut of 2.0%, a decrease from 2.9% in FY 2011, which translates to $1.13 billion more in hospital payments in FY 2012 than they had received in the previous year.

"We're very pleased to see that CMS has scaled back their proposed coding cuts," says Joanna Kim, senior associate director for policy for the American Hospital Association (AHA) in Washington, DC. "We are quite disappointed that CMS did not change their methodology of analyzing documentation and coding, but are glad they recognized that the proposed 3.15% cut would be very difficult for hospitals to absorb all in one year."

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Source: HealthLeaders Media

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