Long-term care hospital payments to rise 1.1% under CMS final rule

CMS has issued the long-term care hospital prospective payment system final rule for fiscal year 2015, which increases payments by 1.1 percent, or $62 million.

The rule implements several long-term care hospital provisions that were mandated in the Bipartisan Budget Act, including a reinstatement of 25 percent rule relief.

In addition, the interrupted stay policy that would have reduced payments for co-located long-term care hospitals — those with more than 5 percent of their discharges transferred to the host general acute care hospital and then readmitted to the same long-term care hospital — was rescinded.

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