NAUH WRITES TO CMS ABOUT PROPOSED MEDICARE INPATIENT REGULATION
NAUH has submitted formal comments to CMS about its proposed Medicare inpatient payment system regulation for FY 2012.
While expressing support for several aspects of the proposed regulation, NAUH objected strenuously to CMS’s proposal to implement a 3.15 percent permanent reduction in inpatient payments because of alleged “upcoding” by hospitals under Medicare’s MS-DRG system. NAUH also objected to CMS’s proposal to raise the Medicare outlier threshold in FY 2012. According to NAUH, CMS should reduce the threshold, not raise it, because Medicare consistently fails to meet Congress’s standard for outlier spending.
NAUH’s letter also addressed changes in the Medicare area wage index system; proposed Medicare readmissions policy changes; the new Medicare value-based purchasing program; and hospital data reporting for Medicare DSH purposes. Read NAUH’s five-page letter to CMS here.