In late July, CMS officially released an update notice on the SNF PPS for fiscal year (FY) 2013. It appears SNFs will get a bit of a break compared with recent years, as the agency decided to grant a slight increase to Medicare reimbursements while forgoing the proposal of any major changes or regulations.
The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the ACA will the law will force SNFs into an era of greater accountability, with a focus on cost cutting, quality care, and collaborative care—don’t get left behind.
In August, CMS clarified its plans to implement a manual medical review process for therapy cap exceptions that exceed the threshold of $3,700 for physical therapy and speech-language pathology services combined. A separate $3,700 threshold will be applied to occupational therapy.