Inpatient psychiatric facilities will see an average estimated increase of 2.74% in payments for 2012, according to a final rule (PDF) from the CMS.
Rule increases payment for inpatient psychiatric facilities
The rule updates payment policies and rates for discharges beginning on July 1, 2011 through Sept. 30, 2012. In addition to the payment update, the rule changes the teaching policy for IPFs to allow temporary increases in the intern and resident caps.
“We agree with the commenters that, when a hospital temporarily takes on residents because another hospital closes or discontinues its program, a temporary adjustment to the cap would be appropriate for rotation that occurs in an IPF setting,” according to the rule. Meanwhile, the rule allowed for cost-of-living adjustments for IPFs in Alaska and Hawaii.
Finally, beginning in 2013, CMS will change the IPF prospective payment system from a rate cycle that runs from July 1 through June 30 to a fiscal year cycle that begins on Oct. 1 and ends on Sept. 30, which will result in a 15-month update.
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