August 15, 2019

CMS Issues FY 2020 Medicare Hospital IPPS and LTCH Prospective Payment System Final Rules

On August 2, 2019, CMS issued the final rule for FY 2020, updating Medicare payment policies for hospitals under the IPPS and LTCH Prospective Payment System (PPS) (Final Rule) to be published in the Federal Register on August 16, 2019. 

Highlights of the Final Rule include changes to the new technology add-on payment, an alternative new technology add-on payment for certain antimicrobial resistance products, changes to the wage index calculation, changes to Medicare uncompensated care payments, the Hospital-Acquired Conditions Reduction Program, the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program, the Hospital Value Based Purchasing Program, the PPS-Exempt Cancer Hospital Quality Reporting Program, and the Medicare and Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program.