CHA News Article

CMS Issues LTCH PPS Final Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the final rule for the long-term care hospital (LTCH) prospective payment systems (PPS) for federal fiscal year (FFY) 2014. Under the provisions of the LTCH final rule, CMS estimates that payments to LTCHs will increase by 1.3 percent, as compared to FFY 2013. CMS also finalizes a proposal to phase in the full “25 percent rule,” starting with cost reporting periods beginning on or after Oct. 1, 2013. In addition, CMS confirms its plans to continue with research on a FFY 2015 proposal that would dramatically reduce LTCH payments by excluding patients who do not meet certain clinical criteria. CMS also finalizes proposals for changes and additions to the LTCH Quality Reporting Program (QRP), including adding three new measures for the 2017 LTCH QRP and one new measure for 2018. 

CHA will issue a detailed summary in the coming weeks. For a copy of the final rule, which will appear in the Federal Register on Aug. 19, visit