CMS Finalizes 2012 Skilled Nursing Facility Payment Changes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized changes for Medicare skilled nursing facility (SNF) payments for calendar year (CY) 2012. The final rule will be published in the August 8, 2011, Federal Register. CMS finalized an 11.1% decrease to SNF Medicare payments, reflecting the net effects of a downward recalibration of case-mix indexes, a market basket increase and a multi-factor productivity adjustment to the SNF prospective payment system (PPS) rates. In addition, CMS revised several SNF payment policies effective October 1, 2011.

Read the full announcement: Regulation, Accreditation and Payment Practice Group Email Alert, American Health Lawyers Association, August 3, 2011