Inpatient psych facilities to get 2.74% payment hike
Inpatient psychiatric facilities will see an average estimated increase of 2.74% in payments for 2012, according to a final rule the CMS issued last week. The rule updates Medicare payment policies and rates for discharges beginning July 1, 2011, through Sept. 30, 2012. In addition to the payment update, the rule changes the teaching policy for IPFs to allow temporary increases in the intern and resident caps.
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