Gov't Shutdown Delays Some Federal Files and Rules
Some federal rules and files essential to practice management and the revenue stream are delayed this year, thanks to the nearly three-week government shutdown, last month. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) warns the following may be delayed:
- Medicare Program; End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System, Quality Incentive Program (ESRD), and Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) (CMS-1526-F)
- 2014 Changes to the hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System (ASCPPS) (CMS-1601-FC)
- 2014 Home Health Prospective Payment System final rule (CMS-1450-F)
- Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2014 Final Rule with Comment Period (CMS-1600-FC)
CMS says that although files may be released on or before Thanksgiving eve (November 27th), they are still effective January 1, 2014. Most of these payment systems’ final rules are released three to four weeks earlier.