The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is accepting comments through June 25, 2012, on the proposed rule changes to the hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) for federal fiscal year (FY) 2013. The proposed rule identifies CMS’ changes to the annual payment policy updates for hospitals as well as revisions to the wage index, quality reporting requirements and value-based purchasing. The proposed Payment Rate Updates establish the FY 2013 operating standardized amount at $5,325.62, a 2.1 percent increase from prior year for those reporting quality data.
In accordance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the Secretary of Health and Human Services issued a report to Congress on April 11, 2012, addressing a plan to reform the Medicare wage index methodology.
On August 1, 2011, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the final rule for changes to the hospital acute care prospective payment system (PPS) for federal fiscal year (FY) 2012. As was discussed in a prior BKD article on this topic, CMS included several changes affecting the hospital wage index computation for FY 2013