CMS-1664-IFC and F
CMS-1664-IFC and F
Medicare Program; Temporary Exception for Certain Severe Wound Discharges from Certain Long Term Care Hospitals Required by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016; Modification of Limitations on Redesignation by the Medicare Geographic Classification Review Board
This interim final rule with comment period (IFC) implements section 231 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 (CAA), which provides for a temporary exception for certain wound care discharges from the application of the site neutral payment rate under the Long Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for certain long term care hospitals. This IFC also amends our current regulations at § 412.230(a)(5)(ii) to allow hospitals nationwide to reclassify based on their acquired rural status, effective with reclassifications beginning with fiscal year (FY) 2018. Hospitals with an existing Medicare Geographic Classification Review Board (MGCRB) reclassification would also have the opportunity to seek rural reclassification for IPPS payment and other purposes under § 412.103 and keep their existing MGCRB reclassification. We would also apply the policy in this IFC when deciding timely appeals before the Administrator under § 412.278 for FY 2017 that were denied by the MGCRB due to existing § 412.230(a)(5)(ii) and (iii), which do not permit simultaneous § 412.103 and MGCRB reclassifications. These regulatory changes implement the decisions in Geisinger Community Medical Center v. Secretary, United States Department of Health and Human Services, 794 F.3d 383 (3d Cir. 2015) and Lawrence + Memorial Hospital v. Burwell, No. 15-164, 2016 WL 423702 (2d Cir. Feb. 4, 2015) in a nationally consistent manner.
|Title||Finalization of Interim Final Rules with Comment Period on LTCH PPS Payments for Severe Wounds|
|Payment Year||FY 2016|
|Description||We are finalizing the provisions of the interim final rule with comment period that relate to a temporary exception for certain wound care discharges from the application of the site neutral payment rate under the LTCH PPS for certain LTCHs (section 231 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 (CAA)).|