This week's 5 must-reads for hospital CFOs

Here are five articles published by Becker's Hospital Review this week that offer insight on the 2017 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System final rule, value-based purchasing and more.

1. CMS releases final OPPS rule for 2017: 11 things to know
CMS released its final 2017 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System rule, which implements site-neutral payment provisions of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015.

2. 1,600 hospitals see payment bump under value-based purchasing: 8 things to know
The Medicare Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program, established under the ACA, is intended to encourage hospitals to provide high-quality care more efficiently by adjusting payments to hospitals based on the quality of care they provide. In fiscal year 2017, more than 1,600 hospitals will receive a positive payment adjustment under the program, while about 1,300 will receive a payment reduction, according to recently released data from CMS on nearly 3,000 U.S. hospitals.

3. CMS awards new Medicare RAC contracts
CMS awarded the next round of contracts for Medicare recovery audit contractors.

4. CDI improves ICD-10 coding and reimbursement accuracy, survey finds
Clinical documentation improvement programs can help healthcare organizations with better ICD-10 coding and reimbursement accuracy, according to a new Black Book survey of more than 900 health leaders.

5. CMS to cut Medicare reimbursement to home health agencies by $130M
CMS issued its home health prospective payment system final rule for 2017, which reduces payments to home health agencies.

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HCA profit rises 38% in Q3
LifePoint gets revenue boost from acquisitions
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