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Changes Proposed to SNF Reimbursement Rates

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.

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