Medicare Cost Report

CMS issues RFI to gather best practices for identifying and supporting safety net hospitals

As part of the FY24 proposed rule for hospital inpatient payments, CMS is seeking healthcare stakeholder input on how to best support safety net hospitals in the Medicare program. The agency is considering ways to reimburse safety net hospitals via supplemental payments that may be better targeted than disproportionate share hospital (DSH) and uncompensated care…

Nick Hut May 22, 2023

Medicare’s proposed FY24 update to inpatient payments falls short, hospitals say

Hospitals are less than pleased with Medicare’s proposed FY24 payment update for inpatient care. In proposed regulations, the net inpatient payment update is 2.8% after factoring in a mandatory productivity adjustment of -0.2 percentage points. As usual, the update would be reduced for any hospital that does not fulfill quality-reporting requirements or qualify as a…

Nick Hut April 12, 2023

Medicare contractors should more closely examine providers’ bad debt claims, HHS watchdog says

Medicare administrative contractors (MACs) soon could apply more scrutiny to providers’ reported bad debts if CMS implements recommendations from the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG). OIG in December issued a report in which it examined bad-debt reimbursement claims on Medicare cost reports spanning 2016 through 2018 for 67 randomly selected providers (including 29 hospitals). In those…

Nick Hut January 3, 2023

IPPS FY23 proposed rule: Medicare proposes changes to methodology for determining graduate medical education payments to teaching hospitals

The biggest change is an effort to comply with a court ruling on weighted FTE slots, while another change affects sharable slots for certain rural hospitals.

Nick Hut April 23, 2022

Medicare’s proposed increase for inpatient payments in FY23 doesn’t meet hospitals’ expectations

The hospital industry expressed disappointment with the proposed increase for inpatient payments in FY23.

Nick Hut April 19, 2022

Federal funding bill addresses 340B eligibility concerns but not some other points of interest for hospitals

An FY22 appropriations bill allows hospitals to remain in the 340B Drug Pricing Program if their eligibility had been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nick Hut March 12, 2022

For some 340B hospitals, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought an unanticipated and unwelcome loss of eligibility

Bringing longer stays and higher rates of deferred care, the COVID-19 pandemic is adversely affecting 340B eligibility for some hospitals.

Nick Hut February 21, 2022

HHS can continue using Worksheet S-10 to calculate uncompensated care payments after federal court ruling

A federal district court dealt hospitals a defeat in a case about uncompensated care payments, issuing a summary judgment in favor of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Nick Hut September 7, 2021

Current financial reporting practices inhibit healthcare policymaking, researchers say

Creation of a national database with information from health systems’ audited financial statements would give policymakers a better sense of how to respond to financial trends, according to researchers.

Nick Hut August 27, 2021

OIG report suggests Medicare pays too much to cover capital costs for new hospitals

A new federal report indicates CMS pays excessively to cover capital expenditures during the first two years of a hospital’s existence.

Nick Hut August 19, 2021
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