OPPS Final Rule CY2020

On November 17, 2019, in Documents, by AQ-IQ LLC

The policies in the final rule will further advance the agency’s commitment to increasing price transparency. It includes requirements that would apply to each hospital operating in the United States.  This final rule implements Section 2718(e) of the Public Health Service Act and improves upon prior agency guidance that required hospitals to make public their […]

Physician Fee Schedule 2020

On November 4, 2019, in Documents, by AQ-IQ LLC

On November 1, CMS issued a final rule that includes updates to payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) effective on or after January 1, 2020. Payment Provisions: Ratesetting and conversion factor  CMS is finalizing a series of standard technical proposals involving practice expense, including […]

IRF PPS Final Rule FY2019

On April 18, 2019, in Documents, by AQ-IQ LLC

This final rule updates the prospective payment rates for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) for federal fiscal year (FY) 2019. As required by the Social Security Act (the Act), this final rule includes the classification and weighting factors for the IRF prospective payment system’s (PPS) case-mix groups and a description of the methodologies and data used […]

IPPS and LTCH Final Rule FY2019

On October 8, 2018, in Documents, by AQ-IQ LLC

On August 2, 2018, CMS released the Final Rule for IPPS and LTCH for FY2019. Corrections were issued September 28, 2018. We are revising the Medicare hospital inpatient prospective payment systems (IPPS) for operating and capital-related costs of acute care hospitals to implement changes arising from our continuing experience with these systems for FY 2019. […]

IPPS and LTCH Final Rule FY2018

On August 8, 2017, in Documents, Industry News, by AQ-IQ LLC

In this final rule, CMS is increasing the amount of uncompensated care payments made to acute care hospitals by $800 million to approximately $6.8 billion for fiscal year 2018. Uncompensated care represents healthcare services provided by hospitals or providers for which they don’t get reimbursed. Often uncompensated care arises when people don’t have insurance and […]

Final Rule: Home Health Agencies Conditions of Participation

On January 31, 2017, in Announcements, by AQ-IQ LLC

This final rule revises the conditions of participation (CoPs) that home health agencies (HHAs) must meet in order to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The requirements focus on the care delivered to patients by HHAs, reflect an interdisciplinary view of patient care, allow HHAs greater flexibility in meeting quality care standards, and eliminate […]

Final Rule: Home Health Care Conditions of Participation (July, 2017)

On January 10, 2017, in Documents, by AQ-IQ LLC

CMS has finalized rules governing home health agencies that will improve the quality of health care services for Medicare and Medicaid patients and strengthen patients’ rights. These Medicare and Medicaid Conditions of Participation are the minimum health and safety standards a home health agency must meet in order to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid […]

IPPS Final Rule FY2017

On August 2, 2016, in Archives, Documents, Industry News, by AQ-IQ LLC

CMS issued a final 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). The final rule, which would apply to approximately 3,330 acute care hospitals and approximately 430 LTCHs, applies for discharges occurring on or […]

SNF PPS Final Rule FY2017

On August 1, 2016, in Announcements, Documents, by AQ-IQ LLC

This Final Rule addresses the Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing as well as the SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program, the SNF Quality Reporting Program, and SNF Payment Models Research. Read the Final Rule in the Federal Register for August 5, 2016