CHA News Article

CMS Issues Proposed Rule for SNF Prospective Payment System

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the proposed rule for skilled-nursing facility (SNF) prospective payment system (PPS) for federal fiscal year (FFY) 2014. Overall, CMS estimates that payments to SNFs would increase 1.4 percent, or approximately $500 million. The new rates would apply to services furnished to Medicare beneficiaries during FFY 2014, beginning with discharges on or after Oct. 1, 2013. CMS also proposes to add to the minimum data set an item to record the number of distinct calendar days of therapy provided by all rehabilitation disciplines, and clarifies that the low rehab resource utilization group category requires three distinct calendar therapy days. CHA will provide a more detailed summary, including facility-specific DataSuite reports, of the proposal in the coming weeks and will work with members to develop comments, which are due by July 1. The proposed rule is attached.