Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule to update 2018 Medicare payment and policies for patients admitted into the hospital, in accordance to a press release. The proposed rule seeks to relieve regulatory burdens for providers, support patient-doctor relationships and boost transparency, flexibility and innovation to transform the health care delivery system and the Medicare program.
“Through this proposed rule, we need to decrease the burdens for hospitals so they can concentrate on giving high quality care for patients,” Seema Verma, MPH, CMS Administrator, stated in the release. “Medicare is better capable to support the work of dedicated hospitals and clinicians who give the care that people need with these more flexible and simplified approaches.” CMS issued a proposed rule for 2018 Medicare payment and policy updates for hospital admissions.
CMS will put a powerful focus on patient-centered care, enabling providers to direct their time and resources to sufferers and improve outcomes. CMS is proposing a one-year regulatory moratorium on the payment policy threshold for sufferer admissions in hospitals that give long-term care while they sustain to evaluate these hospitals’ policies. This regulatory ban will relieve providers of administrative burdens and empower patient choice. Furthermore, CMS is proposing to reduce the clinical quality measure reporting requirements for hospitals that have implemented electronic health records (EHRs).
In fiscal year 2018, CMS projects that hospitals would observe a total increase in inpatient operating prospective payments of 2.9 percent due to the combination of proposed policies and payment adjustments. Deployed on the alterations included in the proposed rule, CMS projects that payments to long-term care hospitals would reduce by almost 3.75 percent in fiscal year 2018. CMS issued a proposed rule for 2018 Medicare payment & policy updates for hospital admissions.
To assist achieve transparency, flexibility and program innovation, CMS is also issuing a Request for Information to solicit concepts for regulatory, practice, policy and procedural changes. The Request for Information will instruct discussion on future regulatory action related to inpatient and long-term hospitals.
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