(Story updated at 9:30 p.m. ET)
The CMS has dropped three payment rules that propose increased payments to skilled-nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and hospice care, and implemented new quality measures.
The agency Thursday proposed nearly doubling the increase skilled-nursing facilities received last year. This would amount to a $800 million bump. Last year they only received a 1.2% Medicare rate increase, leading to $430 million in higher payments from the previous year.
Medicare would pay out $125 million a year more to rehabilitation facilities while those facilities would face about $5.2 million in costs related to new quality-reporting requirements.
The CMS wants to boost Medicare payment rates to hospices by 2% next fiscal year and introduce two new quality measures.
The agency also finalized the creation of a skilled-nursing value-based program.