IHA summarizes and analyzes federal policies impacting hospital payments and operations. See Medicare Advocacy on IHA comment letters on proposed rules.
This reference guide includes details for the 2023, 2024, and 2025 Medicare Value-Based Purchasing, Readmissions Reduction, and Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction programs.
An IHA webinar on June 9 provided an overview of the Medicare Readmissions Reduction Program (RRP) and Hospital Acquired Condition (HAC) Program. A recording of the webinar is available here.
An IHA webinar on May 17 identified strategies to enhance Medicare reimbursement. Access the webinar recording here (password Ehc6efgf). Click "Read More" below for the program slides.
An IHA webinar on May 16 provided an overview of the Medicare Value Based Purchasing (VBP) Program, which is the only Medicare quality program to recognize improvement as well as achievement.
IHA shares concerns on the No Surprises Act, which outlined new patient protections from surprise medical bills and requirements for healthcare providers and health plans.
OSHA issued a final emergency rule requiring healthcare employers to protect workers against on-the-job COVID-19 infection. The emergency temporary standard applies only to the healthcare sector.
CMS issued interpretative guidance concerning the Interoperability and Patient Access final rule electronic admission, discharge and transfer notification Conditions of Participation.
The implementation and enforcement deadline for new electronic admission, discharge and transfer notifications tied to Medicare Conditions of Participation is May 1, 2021.
As part of Medicare Conditions of Participation, hospitals, psychiatric hospitals and critical access hospitals must send electronic patient admission, discharge and transfer information by May 1.
Teaching hospitals have until March 29 to apply for IME and DGME slots made available by the recent closure of two teaching hospitals.
Hospitals and clinicians may apply for quality data reporting exceptions due to COVID-19. See an IHA memo with deadlines and additional information.
CMS clarified and codified longstanding Medicare bad debt policy via the FFY 2021 IPPS final rule. See IHA's fact sheet on the recent policy changes.
CMS delays the due date for several upcoming cost report submissions.
IHA closely monitors the OIG Work Plan to keep our members informed about potential changes to the healthcare landscape. This document summarizes current OIG studies members may find most pertinent.
CMS delayed the private payer data reporting period for CDLTs from applicable laboratories, including hospital outreach laboratories, as required under the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014.
On Sept. 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published in the Federal Register (FR) a final rulemaking a series of changes to the Medicare conditions of participatio n(CoP).
On Sept. 30, CMS published a final rule modifying discharge process requirements as a condition of participation for hospitals, critical access hospitals (CAHs) and home health agencies (HHAs).
On July 18, CMS published in the Federal Register (FR) two proposed specialty care models specific to radiation oncology and end-stage renal disease (ESRD).