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Important Medicare Updates

Medicare Update for CAHs, May 30, 2012

CMS releases 2013 IPPS proposed rule

On May 11, CMS issued in the Federal Register the 2013 IPPS proposed rule after releasing the display copy on April 25. Critical access hospitals should review the IPPS proposed rule for potential changes affecting their operations.

View the proposed rule.

Submit a comment.

CMS issues general update to chapter 15 of the PIM – Part VI

On May 18, CMS issued a transmittal that continues the process of updating chapter 15 of the Program Integrity Manual on enrollment of providers, including sections on Independent Diagnostic Testing Facilities (IDTFs) and Durable Medical Equipment (DME) suppliers, among others.

Effective date: June 19, 2012

Implementation date: June 19, 2012

View transmittal R421PI.

CMS posts rules to cut regulations for hospitals and providers

On May 16, two new rules were published in the Federal Register aimed at reducing regulatory burdens for healthcare providers.  These rules previously appeared as display copies and were the basis of the Medicare Mentor Blog last week (put in link to the blog). The first rule revises the Medicare Conditions of Participation (CoPs) for hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs). CMS estimates that annual savings to hospitals and CAHs will be approximately $940 million per year. The second, the Medicare Regulatory Reform rule, will produce savings of $200 million in the first year by promoting efficiency. This rule eliminates duplicative, overlapping, and outdated regulatory requirements for health care providers.

View the revision of CoPs for CAHs rule.

View the Medicare Regulatory Reform rule.

View a related press release.

View a related fact sheet.

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