Yesterday, the American Hospital Association (“AHA”) submitted comments to CMS regarding the proposed FY 2015 inpatient prospective payment system (“PPS”) rule.  Topics addressed by AHA include:

  • Hospital-Acquired Condition (“HAC”) reduction program proposals;
  • Inpatient Quality Reporting (“IQR”) program proposals;
  • Proposed changes to the cost report requirements related to the jurisdiction of the Provider Reimbursement Review Board (“PRRB”); and
  • Design of an alternate payment methodology for short inpatient hospital stays (supplement to the existing “two-midnight” policy).

The AHA letter can be found here.

In addition, comments to the proposed rule may be submitted until 5:00 P.M. EDT on June 30, 2014.  Instructions for submission of comments can be found in the May 15, 2014 proposed rule here.