CMS Proposes Updates for Rehabilitation Facilities

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule that would update Medicare payment policies and rates under the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) Prospective Payment System and the IRF Quality Reporting Program for fiscal year (FY) 2023. IRF payments per discharge are estimated to increase by 2.0 percent in urban areas and 1.8 percent in rural areas, compared with estimated FY 2022 payments. Additionally, CMS is soliciting comments on the methodology used to update the IRF facility-level adjustments (specifically, the rural, low-income, and teaching status adjustments).