Episode: IPPS Proposed Rule: Major Changes for IRF Providers


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IPPS Proposed Rule: Major Changes for IRF Providers

The dust has yet to settle from last week’s posting by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of the 2019 Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule, and already Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) providers appear to be experiencing relief not typically associated with other proposed rule changes. For them, the proposals from CMS for FY 2019 reflect some positive changes related to reductions in paperwork and, if finalized, they will provide some easing of the workload. One of the nation’s most respected authorities on IRF provider issues, Angela Phillips, president and chief executive officer for Images & Associates, reported on the proposed IRF provisions in the IPPS during this edition of Monitor Mondays.

The broadcast rundown also will include:

  • Monday Focus: RACmonitor Legislative Analyst Emily Evans, managing director of health policy for Washington, D.C.-based Hedgeye, reported on what she sees as major themes of the Trump administration’s rulemaking that has been reflected in the proposed rule, including administration burden reductions, price transparency, and meaningful use measures.

  • Monday Rounds: Ronald Hirsch, MD, vice president of R1 Physician Advisory Services, made his Monday Rounds with another installment of his popular segment.

  • Hot Topics: Monitor Mondays senior correspondent Nancy Beckley, president and CEO for Nancy Beckley and Associates, reported on all the latest hot topics and presented the Monitor Mondays Listener Survey.

  • Risky Business: Healthcare attorney David Glaser with Fredrikson & Byron reported another example of a potentially troublesome issue that could pose a risk to your facility.

  • Medicare Advantage Report: Monitor Mondays national correspondent J. Paul Spencer, a senior healthcare consultant for DoctorsManagement, continued to report on the vexing issue of Medicare Advantage.

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