CMS Issues FY 2014 Inpatient Payment Rule

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On August 2, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services (CMS) issued a final rule updating fiscal year (FY) 2014 Medicare payment policies and rates for inpatient stays at general acute care and long-term care hospitals (LTCHs).

The final FY 2014 Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) rule increases overall hospital payments (capital and operating) by $1.2 billion. The rule also moves forward with health care delivery system reforms made possible by the Affordable Care Act. These include a new program aimed at improving safety in hospitals and refining the Hospital Readmissions Reduction program. For additional information contact RPI.