In addition, CMS proposes increasing the maximum payment reduction for hospital readmissions from 2% to 3%. It proposes that hospitals’ readmissions penalties be assessed using five readmissions measures endorsed by the National Quality Forum.
Comments will be open through June 30. The rule will be finalized August 1. Once finalized, the IPPS rules will apply to the federal fiscal year that begins October 1, 2015. Last year, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published the final rules in August.
Michelle A. Leppert, CPC, contributed to this report.