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CMS Updates Medicare Payment Rates, Quality Reporting Requirements

Wednesday, August 2, 2017  
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CMS issued three final rules outlining 2018 Medicare payment rates for skilled nursing facilities, hospice, and inpatient rehabilitation facilities. The final rules are effective for FY 2018 and reflect a broader Administration strategy to streamline administrative requirements for providers; support the patient-doctor relationship in healthcare; and promote transparency, flexibility, and innovation in the delivery of care.

“These announcements take important steps to support innovation in the delivery of care in order to promote a Medicare program that is responsive to patients’ unique needs and ensure that patients have access to high-quality skilled nursing, hospice, and inpatient rehabilitative care,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma.  “These rules update quality reporting requirements and allow providers to spend less time and fewer resources on cumbersome paperwork, so they can increase their focus on the needs of Medicare patients.”

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