CMS has issued a proposed rule to update PPS payment rates for skilled nursing facilities starting in 2015. The proposed rule also includes the following:
- Proposal to adopt the most recent OMB statistical definitions for urban/rural facility status
- Discussion of CMS’ current SNF therapy research
- Revision to policies related to Change of Therapy (COT) Other Medicare Required Assessment (OMRA)
- Discussion of provision related to the ACA involving Civil Monetary Penalties
- Discussion of trends related to therapy utilization among SNF providers and a discussion of accelerating health information exchange in SNFs
The pdf version of the proposed rule is available now and will be published in the Federal Register on May 6, 2014.