CMS released its annual Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) rule for FY 2020, which increases hospital inpatients payments by 3.2% for FY 2020. Unlike previous rules, this rule does not include any Requests for Information on price transparency, balance billing or regulatory burden. CMS continues to focus on tackling the opioid epidemic, this time seeking comments on measures on pain management for cancer patients. No new measures were proposed for the pay-for-performance programs (HAC, VPB and HRRP). An outline of the rule can be found… The key proposals are [included].

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  • New Payment Models to Redesign Primary Care
  • CMS Zeros in on Dual Eligibles
  • CMS Issues Request for Information on Medicaid 1332 Waivers
  • A Look at the Federal Register
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