CMS announces Medicare pay hikes for providers

The latest Medicare payment rules for inpatient rehabilitation, inpatient psychiatric, hospices and skilled nursing facilities are out, and there’s good news for those healthcare providers.

Under a final rule CMS published Thursday, inpatient rehab facilities will get a 1.9% pay bump in 2022, raising their reimbursements by $130 million. Inpatient psychiatric facilities will get a 2% hike, an increase of $80 million. Hospices also will get paid 2% more, which amounts to an additional $480 million. Skilled nursing facilities will get a rate increase just over 1%, or $410 million.

CMS is also moving forward with its plan to require healthcare facilities to report how many of their clinical workers are vaccinated against COVID-19, as part of President Joe Biden’s efforts to combat the pandemic.

The agency didn’t advance any health equity quality measures and will likely include them in next year’s payment rules. “We received many comments on these topics and will consider the input provided for future development and expansion of our health equity quality measurement efforts,” CMS said in a fact sheet.


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