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CMS Issues Update on Medicare "Low Volume" Payments to Qualifying Hospitals

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CMS Issues Update on Medicare "Low Volume" Payments to Qualifying Hospitals

By billupsj

On April 24, 20918, CMS announced an update on the implementation of section 50204 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which extends temporary changes to the Medicare low-volume payment adjustment through federal fiscal year (FY) 2018 for qualifying hospitals.  For FY 2018, low-volume hospitals will continue to be defined as those that are more than 15 road miles from another comparable hospital and that have up to 1,600 Medicare discharges. For fiscal years 2019 through 2022, the add-on payment will be calculated using a continuous linear sliding scale ranging from 500 total discharges to 3,800 total discharges. The update serves to provide some assurance to small rural hospitals across the nation that benefit from the payment that must be renewed regularly by Congress.