On September 8, KHA submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) proposed rule for calendar year (CY) 2018. The Association has significant concerns with this proposal's reductions in payment for 340B hospitals as well as changes to remove total knee replacement from the inpatient only list, which is unsafe and will negatively impact hospitals participating in the CMS Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) and the Bundled Payment for Care Improvements (BPCI) programs.
A copy of KHA's comments are available on the Policy page (members only) of www.kyha.com.
If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Galvagni at KHA (firstname.lastname@example.org).
On September 6, KHA submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on the calendar year (CY) 2017 hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) proposed rule that would implement site-neutral provisions of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (BiBA).
Kentucky's hospitals are opposed to CMS' site-neutral proposal because the rule would not only apply to new off-campus outpatient facilities but also to existing hospital outpatient departments (HOPDs) that expand services or relocate to benefit their communities by lowering payment.
For a full copy of KHA's comments, members may visit the Policy page of the Advocacy section of www.kyha.com.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a proposed rule to update the Hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) and the ambulatory surgical center (ASC) payment system for calendar year (CY) 2015.
CMS states that the proposed rule, which contains a 60-day comment period ending September 2, would update the payment policies and payment rates for services furnished to Medicare beneficiaries in hospital outpatient departments and ASCs beginning January 1, 2015.
KHA's Washington liaison Larry Goldberg has prepared an analysis and commentary on the proposal, which is available at http://www.new-kyha.com/Portals/5/NewsDocs/03Jul2014OPPSProposed.pdf.
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