On August 2, 2018, CMS issued a final rule to help empower patients through better access to hospital price information, improve the use of electronic health records, and make it easier for providers to spend time with their patients.
On July 31, 2018, CMS issued a rule finalizing updates for fiscal year (FY) 2019 to Medicare payment policies and rates for the Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Prospective Payment System (IPF PPS) and to the IPF Quality Reporting (IPFQR) Program.
On July 31, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule [CMS-1696-F] outlining Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Medicare payment updates and quality program changes for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs).
On July 31, 2018, CMS issued a final rule outlining changes on how Medicare pays inpatient rehabilitation facilities to support the Patients over Paperwork Initiative, and to facilitate the use of electronic health records.
On July 25, 2018, CMS proposed changes that would encourage site-neutral payment between sites of services and make healthcare prices more transparent for patients so that they can be more informed about out-of-pocket costs.
On July 12, 2018, CMS issued a proposed rule that includes proposals to update payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) on or after January 1, 2019.
CMS Proposed Updates to Policies and Payment Rates for the End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System, the Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies Competitive Bidding Program; DMEPOS Fee Schedule Amounts, Quality Incentive Program; and Payment for Renal Dialysis Services Furnished to Individuals with Acute Kidney Injury (CMS-1691-P).