About Medicare

The federal Medicare program is an essential pillar of the state’s health care system, supporting more than 6 million Californians over the age of 65 and younger Californians with disabilities. One in five hospitals is at risk of closing, in part because Medicare reimbursement rates are far lower than the cost of providing care. It’s essential that future federal Medicare policy protects patient care.

CMS Finalizes Policies on Medicare DSH Calculation

As part of the federal fiscal year 2024 inpatient prospective payment system final rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) also finalized its proposal to limit how Medicaid 1115 demonstration days count for purposes of the Medicare disproportionate share hospital (DSH) calculation.  

CHA Issues Summaries of Three FFY 2024 Medicare Payment Final Rules

CHA has issued members-only summaries, prepared by Health Policy Alternatives, Inc., of the final rules updating the Medicare payment policies and rates for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs), inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPFs), and hospice facilities for federal fiscal year (FFY) 2024. These regulations are effective Oct. 1.