The CMS proposed increasing Medicare rates to long-term, acute-care hospitals by 2.9% as of July 1 and outlined a policy regarding readmissions. The proposed regulation would allow long-term, acute-care hospitals to be paid for only one episode of care when a patient who was discharged to home is readmitted within three days. Regulations pertaining to readmissions already exist for acute-care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and skilled-nursing facilities. Long-term, acute-care hospitals are defined as having an average length of stay of greater than 25 days for Medicare patients. The proposal will be published in the Jan. 30 Federal Register. Comments will be accepted until March 23; a final regulation will be issued in the spring. -- by Tony Fong
CMS proposes changes for long-term hospitals
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