Big ICD-10 changes coming soon to the SNF world. In July 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a new case-mix classification model, the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM), which, effective beginning Oct. 1, 2019, will be used under the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System (PPS)…
Proposed rules also include new payment models. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been quite busy these last few weeks issuing the proposed payment rules for 2020 and making some other announcements.  Here is an update on other regulatory activities of interest. On April 22, 2019, the…
Coders can expect to confront new challenges, including new payment models and HIPAA changes. The new year brings new challenges for the healthcare industry. From new payment models to updates to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to 21st Century Cures, hold on to your hats, because it…
Overview of CMS final rules is provided by the author So this is the season for 2019 Medicare facility payment rules. These rules are required each year to update payment rates and processes, as well as additional policies for the next fiscal year, which begins on Oct. 1. These are…
First, I want to clarify something about a term used by Medicare for healthcare providers. Value-based purchasing, or VBP, can sound like a good idea unless you realize that it’s actually the purchaser getting the value, along with the Medicare program, and not the provider or patient. It would be…