Corrections to FY 2017 Hospital Inpatient Final Rule Issued by CMS
On September 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a correction notice for the fiscal year (FY) 2017 inpatient and long-term care hospital (LTCH) prospective payment system (PPS) final rule. The correction notice corrects errors and omissions of several diagnosis and procedure codes related to the FY 2017 Medicare Severity-Diagnosis Related Group and MS-Long-Term Care-DRG updates. For the inpatient PPS, the corrections slightly decrease operating and capital rates, reduce almost all wage indexes, lower uncompensated care adjustments for many hospitals receiving Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH)payments, and increase the outlier fixed-loss threshold. In addition, the revisions require CMS to recalculate all of the budget neutrality factors.