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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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Top 4 Takeaways from the Health Financial Systems User Meeting

Posted by Stacie Snider on Sep 16, 2019 8:45:00 AM

Hospital providers from all over the country converged at this year’s Health Financial Systems User Meeting in hopes to hear updates on the latest issues affecting Medicare reimbursement. This year’s two-day meeting curated twenty-three different presentations ranging from Medicare cost report form changes to software reviews and Medicare information updates. We could write for days on all of the information we absorbed at this year’s assembly, but after reviewing our catalog of notes and identifying the recurring themes across presentations, we’ve compiled our top four takeaways we think hospital providers should be aware of to improve their reimbursement areas, their cost reports and maintain compliance with Medicare regulations. 

 

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Topics: Industry Updates, cost reporting, Medicare Cost Report, provider reimbursement, Health Financial Systems

FY 2020 Hospice Final Rule Update

Posted by Stacie Snider on Sep 9, 2019 9:48:53 AM

The 2020 Hospice Final Rule was published in the Federal Register August 6, 2019, and will affect hospital discharges on or after October 1, 2019. Each year, CMS publishes updates to the regulations for inflation factors, wage adjustments, etc. For FY 2020, CMS has updated the following Hospice rates which are contained in the final rule:

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Topics: Industry Updates, regulations, final rule, hospice

CY 2020 End-Stage Renal Disease Proposed Rule Update

Posted by Stacie Snider on Sep 5, 2019 7:55:00 AM

The End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) 2020 proposed rule was published in the Federal Register August 6, 2019, and affects discharges on or after January 1, 2020. Each year, CMS publishes updates to the regulations for inflation factors, wage adjustments, etc., and for calendar year (CY) 2020, CMS has proposed the following updates to the End-Stage Renal Disease rates:

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Topics: Industry Updates, proposed rule

2020 Inpatient Skilled Nursing Facility Final Rule Update

Posted by Stacie Snider on Aug 16, 2019 9:13:30 AM

The 2020 Inpatient Skilled Nursing Facility Final Rule was published in the Federal Register August 7, 2019. The rule can be found through the CMS website or you can view the Federal Register version here. This SNF rule affects discharges on or after October 1, 2019. 

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

2020 Inpatient Rehab Final Rule Update

Posted by Stacie Snider on Aug 14, 2019 9:05:00 AM

The 2020 Inpatient Rehab Final Rule was published in the Federal Register August 8, 2019, and will affect discharges on or after October 1, 2019. The 2020 Rehab (IRF) Final Rule can be viewed here.

 

Each year, CMS publishes updates to the regulations for inflation factors, wage adjustments, etc. and for FFY 2020, CMS has finalized the following updates to the Rehab rates:

 

 

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Topics: Industry Updates, regulations, final rule, provider reimbursement, inpatient rehab

2020 Inpatient Psych Final Rule Update

Posted by Stacie Snider on Aug 13, 2019 4:53:34 PM

The FY 2020 Inpatient Psych Final Rule was put on display for public inspection on July 30, 2019, and was published in the Federal Register August 6, 2019. The FY 2020 Psych Final Rule can be viewed here. As a reminder, this IPF rule affects discharges on or after October 1, 2019.

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Topics: Industry Updates, regulations, final rule, provider reimbursement, inpatient psych

2020 Hospital OPPS Proposed Rule Update

Posted by Stacie Snider on Aug 12, 2019 3:39:39 PM

The Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) FY 2020 proposed rule was put on display for public inspection on July 29, 2019 and published in the Federal Register on August 9, 2019. The 247-page FY 2020 OPPS proposed rule can be viewed in its entirety here. This proposed rule will affect discharges on or after January 1, 2020. 

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Topics: Industry Updates, regulations, proposed rule, OPPS

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

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