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  • Critical Access Hospitals Located in Counties That Will Lose Rural Status and Become Urban FY 2015 [PDF, 150KB]
  • Register for the third national provider call  titled “Hospital Appeals Settlement Update 2” to be held Tuesday October 21; 1-2:30pm ET.

  • Additional Clarification of Guidance on the Physician Order and Physician Certification for Hospital Inpatient Admissions
    On August 19, 2013, in the FY2014 IPPS/LTCH final rule CMS clarified and revised the conditions of payment for hospital inpatient services under Medicare Part A related to patient status. On September 5, 2013, CMS released guidance  that discussed the provisions of the final rule regarding the physician order and physician certification of hospital inpatient services. This document includes further clarification of issues addressed in the previous guidance.
  • Prior Guidance on the Physician Order and Physician Certification for Hospital Inpatient Admissions
    The guidance provided in this document has been further clarified in Additional Clarification of Guidance on the Physician Order and Physician Certification for Hospital Inpatient Admissions. This version of the guidance document will remain online for comparison purposes.

  • New Materials Available for Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule
    CMS has posted corrected addenda, cost statistics files, an impact file, and an impact table for the CY 2014 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Proposed Rule (CMS-1601-P).  These corrected files are available on the Hospital Outpatient PPS website. More information about the proposed rule is available on the Hospital Outpatient Regulations and Notices web page.
  • Vaccination is the Best Protection Against the Flu [PDF, 414KB]
  • CMS Rule 1599-F: Inpatient Hospital Admission and Medical Review Criteria (2-Midnight Provision) and Part B Inpatient Billing in Hospitals
    CMS hosted a Special Open Door Forum (ODF) call to allow hospitals, practitioners, and other interested parties to give feedback on the physician order and physician certification, inpatient hospital admission and medical review criteria, and Part B inpatient billing provisions that were released on August 2, 2013 in the FY 2014 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS)  final rule (CMS-1599-F).  This introductory call allowed for initial discussions between stakeholders and CMS. The transcript and MP3 audio file will be posted to the Special ODF webpage under the "Downloads" section around August 22 and will be available for 30 days.  CMS understands that providers or associations may have additional questions or concerns. You are encouraged to submit questions related to the two midnight provision for admission and medical review to the IPPSadmissions@cms.hhs.gov mailbox. Questions on Part B inpatient billing and the clarifications regarding the physician order and certification should be sent to the subject matter staff listed in the final rule. CMS will review stakeholder feedback as quickly as possible and provide responses and clarification as needed.

    For more information:
    FY 2014 IPPS Rule Outreach
    Final Rule (CMS-1599-F)

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