Ten things to note about the proposed SNF rule

 

A proposed rule, titled Proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Payment and Policy Changes for Medicare Skilled Nursing Facilities (CMS-1718-P), was published in the Federal Register on April 25. Here are ten things you need to know.

  1. The proposed rule suggests that SNFs be paid at an increase of $887 million, or 2.5%, for FY2020 compared to FY2019. The increased payment amount is a result of a 3.0% market basket increase with a 0.5%-point reduction.
  2. Minor revisions to the regulation text are being suggested to reflect the revised assessment schedule under Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM).
  3. A revised definition of group therapy under the SNF PPS was provided, defining group therapy as one therapist working with two to six patients doing the same or similar activities.

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