The 2019 IPPS Proposed Rule will be published in the Federal Register on May 7, 2018. If finalized, these changes will go into effect October 1, 2018. The pre-published version can be viewed HERE. Public comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. EDT on June 25, 2018. Below is SCA’s "as brief as we could make it", yet comprehensive summary on the Medicare DSH/Uncompensated Care payment portion (pages 818-877) of the proposed rule as it will affect qualifying DSH hospitals.
The 2019 IPPS Proposed Rule was put on display for public inspection on April 24, 2018 and is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on Monday, May 7, 2018. The pre-publication version can be viewed HERE. All public comments to the proposed rule are to be received by 5 p.m. EST on Monday, June 25, 2018.
In regards to the Medicare DSH/UC payment, Worksheet S-10 will be used to calculated two-thirds of a qualifying provider's Factor 3. SCA will be reviewing and analyzing the full details of the proposed rule and its components, and we will provide our conclusions in the coming week.
In discussions that we have had externally, there seems to be confusion around which cost reporting periods are applicable to a specific Federal Fiscal year (FFY). The FFY begins 10/01 and ends 09/30, so if your hospital's FYE is not 9/30, how do you know which of your cost reports falls into a specific FFY?
Topics: Medicare DSH Reimbursement
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing March 15, 2018, with witnesses from America's Essential Hospitals, Carolina Health Centers, Inc., American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. The committee asked pertinent questions regarding the purpose and transparency of the 340B drug discount program to the following individuals:
CMS just posted the FFY 2016 SSI ratios to their website. The FFY 2016 SSI ratio file (DSH Adjustment and 2015-2016 File [ZIP, 248KB]) can be found in the Downloads section of CMS' Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) webpage or by following the link below:
It was an eventful 2017 for CMS when it came to Worksheet S-10 and while we blogged on each milestone individually, we thought a resource summarizing EVERYTHING that took place last year regarding S-10 would be helpful for reference. So let's waste no time and review the S-10 2017 "appearances" starting with how Medicare cost report Worksheet S-10 rose to fame.
April 28, 2017 - CMS posts the FFY 2018 IPPS Proposed Rule
For FFY 2018, CMS again proposed to begin utilizing uncompensated care data from Worksheet S-10 to calculate qualifying providers’ Factor 3.
Southwest Consulting Associates is pleased to announce their Associate Membership with HAPevolve, of the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) effective immediately. The partnership is expected to enhance the value the Hospital & Health System Association of Pennsylvania offers its hospital members through reimbursement savings optimization programs and education provided by Southwest Consulting Associates.
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On January 23, 2015, Michael Newell, SCA’s President, authored a blog article entitled 340B meets S-10, which can be found HERE. The impetus for this article was a report published by the Alliance for Integrity and Reform of 340B (AIR340B). In this article, the authors concluded that 340B hospitals appear to provide only a minimal amount of charity care thus calling into question whether or not Congress’ intentions for the 340B program are being met. The data used to reach this conclusion was derived from the Medicare Cost Report, CMS-2552-10, S-10 – the very data that CMS currently uses as the basis to allocate the uncompensated care pool for the Medicare DSH/uncompensated care program.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted a Questions and Answers document providing clarification related to Medicare Cost Report Worksheet S-10. If you’ll recall, CMS issued Transmittal 11 in September 2017 that made a number of revisions to the instructions for reporting data on cost report Worksheet S-10.
On Friday, December 1, 2017, CMS released Transmittal 1981, which clarifies the deadlines for uploading revised or initial submissions of FY 2014 and FY 2015 cost report Worksheet S-10. For revisions to be considered, CMS extended the deadline to Tuesday, January 2, 2018, for all IPPS hospitals to submit the data to their Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC). On December 4, 2017, the provider education article, MM10378, was released related to this instruction.