The Impact Of New CMS Policy On Post-Acute Providers

Law360, New York (June 5, 2012, 1:34 PM EDT) -- A new Medicare payment policy on readmissions may place more pressure on post-acute providers to coordinate care with the general acute-care hospitals in their community.

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is in the process of adopting a new policy for reducing payments under the inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) to those hospitals with high readmission rates for patients with certain conditions.

As a result, hospitals paid under the IPPS may incur a payment penalty if a skilled nursing facility (SNF), long-term acute...
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