Proposed CMS 2016 IPPS rule would increase MU payments 1.1%

CMS has released its proposed rule for the fiscal year 2016 Medicare inpatient prospective payment system, which includes an alteration to meaningful use reimbursement.

The rule proposes meaningful users of EHRs who also report quality measures receive a 1.1 percent increase in Medicare operating rates. Those that do not report quality data would lose a quarter of the market basket update (2.7 percent), and those that are not meaningful users of EHRs would lose one half the market basket update in FY 2016.

CMS landed on the 1.1 percent increase by way of the following updates: a positive 2.7 percent market basket update, a negative 0.6 update for a productivity adjustment, a negative 0.2 percent update for cuts under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and a negative 0.8 percent documentation and coding adjustment as part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.

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