CMS Releases FY 2016 IPPS Final Rule

On July 31, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services (CMS) released a final rule on the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS). Hospitals that report quality data and demonstrate meaningful use of electronic health record data will receive a 0.9 percent increase in Medicare payments. CMS approved new technology add-on payments for Bard Medical's Lutonix and Medtronic's In.Pact Admiral drug-coated balloons for treatment of peripheral artery disease.

CMS also finalized updates to the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program, including the addition of two new measures starting in FY 2018: Excess Days in Acute Care after Hospitalization for Heart Failure and Excess Days in Acute Care after Hospitalization for Acute Myocardial Infarction.

In the final rule, CMS requested comments on a potential expansion of the Bundled Payments for Care Initiative. CMS received comments on this program from 75 stakeholders, including the ACC, which you can read here.

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