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In this update, we cover changes to regulations and emerging issues covered in the final inpatient prospective payment systems (IPPS) and proposed hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) rules.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to focus on tightening payments while enhancing the compliance, quality, and safety requirements of facilities nationwide. While the issues listed below are specific to acute care hospitals, CMS has implemented similar changes for post-acute providers as well, especially in skilled nursing facilities.
While CMS continues to transition providers to the new world of low cost and high quality, the administrative burden of keeping up is increasing at an exponential rate. This article doesn’t cover everything providers will be faced with, but here are the key issues to be aware of in the coming months as well as insight on what your health care organization can do to stay ahead.