CMS Issues 2018 IPPS Proposed Rule with Eye on Regulatory Simplification

Healthcare Informatics: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a proposed rule that would update 2018 Medicare payment and polices when patients are admitted into hospitals. The rule also has several other components to it related to health IT and value-based purchasing, including a stipulation that would allow eligible professionals (EPs) to report to a 90-day reporting period for the meaningful use program in 2018.

Late in the afternoon on April 14, CMS posted the “Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long Term Acute Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule, and Request for Information” to the Federal Register. In all, the more than 1,800-page rule covers a variety of Medicare program updates for 2018 as well as a request for information to solicit ideas for regulatory, policy, practice and procedural changes that would ease the burden that prior policies have put on clinicians. Indeed, according to a CMS announcement, “The proposed rule aims to relieve regulatory burdens for providers; supports the patient-doctor relationship in healthcare; and promotes transparency, flexibility, and innovation in the delivery of care.” The fact sheet for the rule can be read here.

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