Though many hospitals had feared a 1.9% reduction in payment for 2010, they will actually see a 2.1% increase, according to the fiscal year 2010 IPPS final rule that CMS released on Friday.
CMS had originally proposed a documentation and coding adjustment to account for the "effect of increases in aggregate payments due to changes in hospital coding practices that do not reflect increases in patient's severity of illness," according to CMS.
However, CMS states it will continue to research the effects of the MS-DRG transition, including performing a complete analysis of FY 2008 and FY 2009 data. The agency may consider phasing in future adjustments over an extended period beginning in FY 2011, according to a CMS press release.
In addition, CMS expands the number of quality measures hospitals must report to be eligible for a full market basket update in FY 2011. New measures include Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) Infection 9 (Urinary Catheter Removed on Postoperative Day 1 or Postoperative Day 2) and SCIP INF 10 (Surgery Patients with Perioperative Temperature Management).
The agency will not make any changes to the list of hospital-acquired conditions. It will, however, evaluate the impact of the existing policy on hospital practices and care.
To view the final rule, visit http://www.cms.hhs.gov/AcuteInpatientPPS/01_overview.asp.
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