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CMS outlines options for skilled-nursing payment updates
Modern Healthcare

In a proposed rule (PDF) published Thursday in the Federal Register, the CMS outlines two options to update the payment rates for skilled-nursing facilities in fiscal 2012. The first option would provide an increase of 1.5 percentage points, or about $530 million, which the agency calculated by applying the 2012 marketbasket index of 2.7 percentage points and reducing it by 1.2 percentage points “to account for greater operational efficiencies,” as outlined in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.