CMS Releases FY 2021 IRF Final Rule

August 4, 2020
Rick Gawenda

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%

To access the Final Rule, click HERE. To access the Fact Sheet on the IRF Final Rule, click HERE.

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