The CMS proposed a 2.7% increase in the base payment rate for inpatient psychiatric facilities, according to a proposed rule unveiled today.
CMS proposes 2.7% increase for inpatient psych facilities
The federal per-diem base rate would climb to $683.68 for the rate year 2012, which begins July 1, 2011, from the current rate of $665.71. The net increase includes a 0.25% reduction that results from a provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, said Mark Covall, president and CEO of the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems, Washington
Covall said the CMS also is proposing it shift its payment period to align with the government fiscal year, which begins on Oct. 1. Therefore, the proposed new rate would apply for 15 months instead of 12 to get the payment period in line.
Covall noted the rule also would rebase the index used to calculate inflation-based reimbursement increases for psychiatric, long-term and rehabilitation care.
Comment on the proposed rule is being accepted through March 22.
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