The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its annual hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) final rule. The regulation includes a 2.5% increase to payment rates (instead of the 2.8% originally proposed) and due to COVID-19, a temporary exclusion of respiratory-related performance data from quality programs. The rule also eliminates the requirement that hospitals post median payer-specific negotiated changes on the cost report, a policy requirement unrelated to the price transparency rule currently under ligationRead More >>>

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