The AHA today submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on the agency’s long-term care hospital prospective payment system proposed policy changes and fiscal year 2021 rates.

The letter highlights the valuable contributions made by LTCHs in the fight against COVID-19. As part of the letter, AHA asked CMS to consider expanding and extending several extraordinary circumstances exceptions that were put in place for LTCHs during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

AHA also reminded CMS that LTCHs “require coding that accurately reflects the virus’ full impact, especially for higher-acuity patients who need extensive acute and post-acute services to recover.”

Read AHA’s full comments.

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