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Stacie Snider

Stacie is Senior Manager of Reimbursement at SCA. With 24 years of healthcare commercial and government reimbursement experience, her background in provider reimbursement and industry knowledge allows SCA to provide full cost-reporting solutions and reimbursement consulting for our clients.
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Proposed 2020 IPPS Rule: Update to Standardized Rates

Posted by Stacie Snider on May 14, 2019 10:18:50 AM

The 2020 IPPS Proposed Rule was put on display for public inspection on April 23, 2019, and subsequently published in the Federal Register May 3, 2019.  You can view the rule in its entirety here.  If finalized, the proposed 2020 IPPS rule will affect discharges on or after October 1, 2019. Each year, CMS publishes updates to the regulations for inflation factors, wage adjustments, etc.  The rates that are reviewed in this post are the non-wage index adjusted rates for specific Core-Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs) as well as other updates made to the standardized rates.  

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Topics: proposed rule, wage index, ipps rule, provider reimbursement

FY 2020 Hospice Proposed Rule Update

Posted by Stacie Snider on May 1, 2019 9:15:00 AM

The FY 2020 Hospice Proposed Rule was put on display for public inspection on April 19, 2019. The proposed rule is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on April 25, 2019. In the meantime, the pre-publication version can be viewed here. If finalized, this Hospice proposed rule will be effective October 1, 2019.

 

Each year, CMS publishes updates to the regulations for inflation factors, wage adjustments, etc. For FY 2020, CMS has proposed the following updates to the Medicare Hospice payment rates:

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Topics: Industry Updates, regulations, proposed rule, provider reimbursement, hospice

FY 2020 Inpatient Skilled Nursing (SNF) Proposed Rule Update

Posted by Stacie Snider on Apr 26, 2019 11:25:38 AM

The FY 2020 Inpatient Skilled Nursing Facility Proposed Rule was put on display for public inspection on April 19, 2019. The proposed rule is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register April 25, 2019, however, the pre-publication can be viewed here. If finalized, this SNF rule will affect discharges on or after October 1, 2019.

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Topics: Industry Updates, regulations, proposed rule, provider reimbursement, inpatient SNF

FY 2020 Inpatient Psych Proposed Rule Update

Posted by Stacie Snider on Apr 23, 2019 3:51:59 PM

The FY 2020 Inpatient Psych Proposed Rule was put on display for public inspection on April 17, 2019. The proposed rule is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register April 23, 2019. The pre-publication can be viewed here. When finalized, this IPF rule will affect discharges on or after October 1, 2019.

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Topics: regulations, proposed rule, inpatient psych

FY 2020 Inpatient Rehab Proposed Rule Update

Posted by Stacie Snider on Apr 22, 2019 3:57:59 PM

The Inpatient Rehab FY 2020 Proposed Rule was put on display for public inspection on April 17, 2019. The proposed rule is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on April 24, 2019, however, the pre-publication version can be viewed here. This IRF rule will affect discharges on or after October 1, 2019.

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Topics: proposed rule, provider reimbursement, inpatient rehab

PRRB Rules and Electronic System

Posted by Stacie Snider on Feb 28, 2019 10:28:03 AM

In January, CMS issued a MLN Matters newsletter reviewing the new electronic system for Provider Reimbursement Review Board (PRRB) Medicare cost report appeals. The electronic system, referred to as OH CDMS (Office of Hearings Case and Document Management System), is a web-based portal that allows providers to submit all necessary appeals documents electronically.

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Topics: PRRB, appeals, Medicare Cost Report, provider reimbursement, PRRB rules

Medicare Cost Report Electronic Signature Steps

Posted by Stacie Snider on Nov 6, 2018 10:39:49 AM

Due to overwhelming response for more information on CMS’ electronic signature feature noted in “Medicare Cost Reporting – 7 Things to Know”, we’ve put together a follow up post to review the cost report electronic signature application steps.

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Topics: cost reporting, Medicare Cost Report, electronic signature

Cost to Charge Ratio Review For Worksheet S-10 Uncompensated Care Reporting

Posted by Stacie Snider on Nov 1, 2018 11:14:25 AM

With CMS using cost report Worksheet S-10 to determine a provider’s UC Factor 3 and ultimately their portion of federal uncompensated care payments, ensuring the accuracy of Worksheet S-10 reporting is essential for all Medicare DSH-eligible hospitals.  Now, while we know that line 30 ultimately drives Factor 3, it is recommended hospitals review ALL data on S-10, not just the data that feeds to line 30.  This includes looking closer at the cost to charge ratio (CCR) to ensure hospitals are capturing all costs that are considered allowable. As you may know, the cost to charge ratio has a direct effect on the data that is reported on Medicare cost report Worksheet S-10, which then in turn impacts UC payments.

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Topics: worksheet s-10, cost to charge ratio, cost reporting, Medicare Cost Report

Medicare Cost Reporting Updates - 7 Things to Know

Posted by Stacie Snider on Oct 24, 2018 1:56:42 PM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has made updates to the cost reporting software, the rules for filing a hospital Medicare cost report and noted future potential changes.  Here are 7 things to know:

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Topics: cost reporting, Medicare Cost Report

Hospital Cost to Charge Ratio 101

Posted by Stacie Snider on Oct 22, 2018 1:36:33 PM

As stated in an earlier blog titled, “Costs for Medicare Cost Report Worksheet S-10 Cost To Charge Ratio,” hospitals need to begin looking closer at their cost to charge ratios (CCR) to ensure they are capturing all costs that are considered allowable. As you may know, the cost to charge ratio has a direct effect on the data that is reported on Medicare cost report Worksheet S-10, which then in turn impacts UC payments. In this blog, we will review the cost to charge ratio in a hospital setting. 

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Topics: worksheet s-10, cost to charge ratio, cost reporting

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The climate of provider reimbursement is ever-changing and this blog is intended to keep you up-to-date on the latest information regarding:

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