Federal Regulations

Proposed Rules: Hospital Readmission Reduction Program

For publication in the May 5, 2011 Federal Register, text relating to proposed rules to implement a hospital readmissions reduction program and related quality data reporting measures; part of the CMS Proposed Changes to the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Fiscal Year 2012 Rates.

Proposed Rules: Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program

For publication in the May 5, 2011 Federal Register, text relating to proposed rules for establishment of a hospital value-based purchasing program and applicable measures for value-based incentive payments with respect to discharges occurring during FY 2013; part of the CMS Proposed Changes to the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Fiscal Year 2012 Rates.

Proposed Rules: Additional Payments for Qualifying Hospitals with Lowest Per Enrollee Medicare Spending

For publication in the May 5, 2011 Federal Register, text providomg for additional payments in FY 2012 for qualifying hospitals in the lowest quartile of per capita Medicare spending; part of the CMS Proposed Changes to the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Fiscal Year 2012 Rates.

Proposed Rules: Quality Reporting Program for LTCHs

For publication in the May 5, 2011 Federal Register, text providing for the submission of quality data for LTCHs in order to receive the full annual update to the payment rates and the establishment of quality data measures; part of the CMS Proposed Changes to the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Fiscal Year 2012 Rates.

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Federal Agency Guidance

Selected Medical Benefits: A Report from the Department of Labor to the Department of Health and Human Services

The Affordable Care Act directed the Secretary of Labor to conduct a survey of employer-sponsored health plans to determine the benefits typically covered by employers, and to report the results of the survey to the Secretary of Health and Human Services. This April 2011 study was conducted at the request of the HHS to supplement the medical benefit provisions regularly published as part of the National Compensation Survey’s employee benefits program.

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