Post-Acute Care

CHA Comments on Data Collection for MA Plans

What’s happening: CHA submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in response to a request for information related to data collection for Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. 

What else to know: CHA strongly encourages CMS to use the formal rulemaking process to implement additional data collection and reporting requirements. 

CHA Comments in Response to IRF, IPF Payment Proposed Rules

What’s happening: CHA submitted comments in response to the federal fiscal year 2025 inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRF) and inpatient psychiatric facilities (IPF) prospective payment system proposed rules. 

What else to know: Comments were due to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services by 2 p.m. (PT) on May 28.  

Summary: Finalized Skilled-Nursing Facility Staffing Standards

What’s happening: A summary is available of finalized new staffing standards for long-term care facilities, including skilled-nursing facilities (SNFs) and SNFs operated as distinct-part units of acute care hospitals. 

What else to know: The regulations are effective June 21, with compliance with overall ratios required beginning May 2026.   

CHA Issues Summaries of IPPS, LTCH PPS Proposed Rules

What’s happening: CHA has issued summaries of the federal fiscal year 2025 inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) and long-term care hospital (LTCH) PPS proposed rules. 

What else to know: CHA will host a complimentary, members-only webinar on the IPPS provisions on May 15. Comments on the proposed rules are due by 2 p.m. (PT) on June 10.  

CMS Finalizes Skilled-Nursing Facility Staffing Standards 

What’s happening: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule establishing new staffing standards for long-term care facilities, including skilled-nursing facilities (SNFs) and SNFs operated as distinct-part units of acute care hospitals. 

What else to know: The regulations are effective June 21. Compliance with overall ratios is required beginning May 2026.  

CMS Proposes 2.6% Inpatient Prospective Payment System Rate Increase for FY 2025

What’s happening: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed a net increase to base Medicare inpatient payment rates (market basket update) of 2.6% for fiscal year (FY) 2025. 

What else to know: The increase is included in the FY 2025 Medicare hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) and long-term care hospital (LTCH) prospective payment system proposed rule. Comments on the proposed rule are due to CMS by June 10. 

CMS Issues Post-Acute Care Payment Proposed Rules

What’s happening: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its proposed payment policies for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs), skilled-nursing facilities (SNFs), and hospices for federal fiscal year (FFY) 2025.  

What else to know: Comments on the proposed rules are due to CMS by 2 p.m. (PT) on May 28. 

Recording of IRF Review Choice Demonstration Webinar Available

What’s happening: In August 2023, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) initiated the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Review Choice Demonstration (IRF RCD) Program in Alabama. CMS plans to expand the program to several other states, including California.    

What else to know: On Feb. 13, CHA hosted a webinar on the IRF RCD; a recording is now available.