Members-Only Conference Call

Proposed Rule:  Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Prospective Payment System
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Eastern

You are invited to participate in an AHA member call for members of AHA's Section for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services.  We are seeking your input on the April 24, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) inpatient psychiatric facility (IPF) prospective payment system (PPS) proposed rule for fiscal year (FY) 2016. This proposed rule affects freestanding IPFs, as well as IPF distinct-part units of acute care and critical access hospitals.

The rule would increase IPF rates by 1.6 percent in FY 2016 compared with FY 2015, after accounting for inflation and other adjustments. Beginning in 2016, CMS proposes to replace the Rehabilitation, Psychiatric and Long- Term Care market basket with a new, IPF-specific market basket based on data from both freestanding and hospital-based IPFs. In addition, CMS proposes to change the IPF quality measure set by adding five new measures and removing three. The agency also would change some data-reporting requirements, such as requiring IPFs to report measure data as a single, yearly count instead of by quarter and patient age. AHA is currently evaluating the proposed rule.  AHA's May 15th, Regulatory Advisory provides an in-depth analysis of the proposed rule.

I hope can join Rebecca Chickey, Director of Section for Psychiatric & Substance Abuse Services, and Joanna Kim, AHA  vice president, Payment Policy & Evelyn Knolle, AHA senior associate director, Policy, for the call.  We value your input on the proposed rule and it will shape our comments to the administration. 

To register, please go to:  Upon registration, you will be provided with the dial-in information for the call.  Questions about registration may be directed to section staff by phone at (312) 422-3302.



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