CMS Issues Final Rule Prohibiting Federal Medicaid Payments for HACs

CMS has issued a final rule that prohibits federal Medicaid funds from being used to reimburse services related to certain preventable health-acquired conditions, according to an AHA News Now report.


The rule goes into effect on July 1, 2011, but states may delay implementation until July 1, 2012, according to the report.

Specifically, the rule prohibits federal Medicaid payments to inpatient hospitals for certain preventable conditions selected from Medicare's list of preventable conditions as well as payments to inpatient and outpatient facilities for wrong site, procedure or patient surgeries.

View the final rule on Medicaid payments for HACs (pdf).

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