Commenting today on long-term care hospital provisions in the fiscal year 2022 proposed rule for the inpatient and LTCH prospective payment systems, AHA said it supports the proposals to use fiscal year 2019 claims as a basis for calculating the FY 2022 payment update; require state Medicaid programs to enroll all eligible Medicare providers; and the overall objectives of the requests for information on health equity and digital quality reporting. 

Among other comments, AHA expressed concern with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ proposal to implement the proposed COVID-19 vaccination quality measure in FY 2023, noting that the underlying scientific evidence about how to implement the vaccines continues to evolve. “The AHA is thus concerned that a premature mandate to report this measure would lead to unpredictable shifts in reporting requirements that would prove disruptive to hospitals, and result in data that are unhelpful to policymakers, the public and health care providers alike.”

The association submitted separate comments today on the agency’s proposed changes to the inpatient PPS. 

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