April 24, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services (CMS) released its fiscal year 2019 proposed rule for the hospital
inpatient and long-term care hospital prospective payment systems. The rule
affects inpatient PPS hospitals, critical access hospitals, LTCHs, and
PPS-exempt cancer hospitals. It contains several key proposals that
would help deliver on CMS’s promise to ease regulatory barriers and allow
hospitals and health systems to better provide high-quality, efficient patient
care. The American Hospital Association has
developed a detailed, 33-page Regulatory Advisory
summarizing the rule. Comments on the proposed rule are due to CMS by June 25.
The final rule will be published on or around Aug. 1 and take effect Oct. 1.