Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Very Very Brief Blog: Proposed Inpatient Rule Watch (Normally April 23/24)

When will the annual CMS inpatient rulemaking come out?  For FY2021, which begins in October 2020?

In 2019, the FY2020 proposed rule came out on April 23.

In 2018, the FY2019 proposed rule came out on April 24.

It will be interesting to see if the FY2021 inpatient rule is on time, or delayed due to COVID.

Generally, CMS tries to get the rule out in late April, providing 60 days of comment until late June.

Then, the final rule appears around August 1, which in turn allows hospitals 60 days to implement new policies for the new fiscal year on October 1.