Medicare payments for inpatient services will rise 2.75% in fiscal 2003, according to proposed regulation released today by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The increase for fiscal 2003, which starts Oct. 1, is based on existing federal policy that sets hospitals’ payment update at .55 percentage points less than the hospital marketbasket, a measure of inflation. The proposed regulation also would revise the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act to require hospital-affiliated facilities without emergency capabilities to establish protocols for transferring patients in need of emergency care to the appropriate facility. The CMS also proposed a change in federal law that would allow more hospitals to qualify as “sole community” hospitals, which receive higher federal reimbursement. The proposed regulation will be published in the Federal Register May 9 and public comments will be accepted until July 8.
Rule would set Medicare update, revise EMTALA
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