CMS Proposes a Medicare Inpatient Hospital Payment and Rules

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the fiscal year 2023 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long‑Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System (PPS) proposed rule. The proposal would update Medicare fee-for-service payment rates and policies for inpatient hospitals and LTCHs and build on key priorities to address quality and maternity care. CMS proposes to continue policies finalized in the FY 2020 IPPS/LTCH PPS final rule to address wage index disparities affecting low wage index hospitals and also proposes to limit year-to-year decreases in hospitals’ wage indexes. This proposed rule includes changes to graduate medical education policies, including increased flexibility for rural hospitals participating in a rural track program. This rule also includes proposed revisions to the hospital and Critical Access Hospital Conditions of participation for infection prevention and control and antibiotic stewardship programs – Comment by June 17