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AAPM&R Comments on CMS Proposed IPPS/LTCH Rule for 2017

Jun 30, 2016

On April 18, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule to update fiscal year (FY) 2017 Medicare payment policies and rates under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System (PPS). In a comment letter submitted on June 17, the Academy urged CMS to delay its proposal to adopt any quality measures that have not been fully assessed to determine if the measures will have a positive impact on health care quality, are scientifically acceptable, are applicable and relevant for quality improvement and decision making, and feasible to collect without undue burden. The Academy also continued to urge CMS to delay any site-neutral payment proposals as these proposals are premature and untested.