On August 4, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the fiscal year (FY) 2021 Final Rule for Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs). Highlights of the final rule include:
- Permanent elimination of the post-admission physician evaluation effective October 1, 2020
- CMS is finalizing that a non-physician practitioner (NPP) may perform one of the three required visits in lieu of the physician in the second and later weeks of a patient’s care, when consistent with the NPP’s state scope of practice
- Overall IRF payment update for FY 2021 of 2.8%
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