CHA will submit to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) a comment letter on the inpatient rehabilitation facility prospective payment system proposed rule for federal fiscal year (FFY) 2021. On behalf of members, CHA expresses opposition to proposed changes that would allow non-physician practitioners to perform activities that are currently required to be conducted by a rehabilitation physician.
CHA supports regulatory changes that would eliminate the current requirement for the post-admission physician evaluation. Recognizing the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, CHA also supported CMS’ decision to delay implementation of previously finalized changes to the quality reporting program and patient assessment measures, including new standardized patient assessment data elements. CHA members are encouraged to use this letter to develop and submit comments, which are due June 15.