On April 16, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Fiscal year (FY) 2021 proposed rule for facilities under the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System (IRF PPS). Highlights of the proposed rule include the following:
- In the FY 2021 IRF PPS proposed rule, CMS is proposing to allow non-physician practitioners to perform any of the IRF coverage service and documentation duties that are currently required to be performed by a rehabilitation physician, provided that the duties are within the non-physician practitioner’s scope of practice under applicable state law
- CMS is proposing to no longer require a post-admission physician evaluation since the post-admission evaluation covers much of the same information as continues to be included in the pre-admission screening of the patient and the patient’s plan of care
- CMS is proposing an overall update of 2.9 percent (or $270 million) for FY 2021, relative to payments in FY 2020
The proposed rule will be published in the Federal Register on April 21, 2020. To access the proposed rule, click HERE.