The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) released its June 2009 Report to the Congress: Improving Incentives in the Medicare Program on June 15.
A proposed rule released by CMS on May 1 calls to implement a new case-mix classification model, known as Resource Utilization Group, Version Four (RUG-IV), for FY 2011.
The proposed rule recently released by CMS calls for a market basket increase and significant cuts to Medicare payments for FY 2010.
If the most recent CMS open door forum is any indicator, long-term care providers are still confused about beneficiary notices.
Providers who want to participate in the CMS nursing home value-based purchasing demonstration must apply by May 1 to be part of the pay-for-performance demonstration that begins July 1.
Although CMS will use information collected in the STRIVE time study to adjust the Medicare payment system for nursing homes, CMS officials did not reveal any concrete changes that may be made to nursing home payment.
CMS is getting ready to launch a value-based purchasing demonstration in Arizona, Mississippi, New York, and Wisconsin, according to an e-mail CMS sent to providers Tuesday.
The economic stimulus provision that may be most significant for SNFs is an additional $87 billion for state Medicaid programs.