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CMS to increase payment rates for inpatient psych facilities

By Paul Barr
Posted: August 2, 2012 - 5:45 pm ET

The CMS will increase Medicare payments to inpatient psychiatric facilities by 1.9% for fiscal 2013 beginning Oct. 1, for a total estimated increase of about $36 million, according to a notice from the CMS (PDF).

The CMS arrived at that change by taking the Rehabilitation Psychiatric and Long-Term Care market basket rate of 2.7% and reducing it by 0.8% because of technical adjustments mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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The CMS also will increase the outlier payment threshold amount to $11,600 from $7,340, which will maintain outlier payments at 2% of total payments in fiscal 2013.

The notice will be published in the Aug. 7 Federal Register, according to the CMS.

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