Provide Feedback on Proposed Changes to the Medicare PI Program for Hospitals

On May 11, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) (@CMSGov) issued the FY 2021 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) for Acute Care Hospitals and Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System (PPS) Proposed Rule.

Submit a Formal Comment by July 10, 2020

Comments on the FY 2021 IPPS and LTCH PPS Proposed Rule are due no later than 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, July 10, 2020. The public can submit comments in several ways:

  • By regular mail;
  • By express or overnight mail;
  • Electronically: Through the “submit a comment” instructions on the Federal Register.

Please review the proposed rule for specific instructions for each method and submit comments by one method only.

More Information on the FY 2021 IPPS and LTCH PPS Proposed Rule

Page numbers 32852 – 32858

The FY 2021 IPPS and LTCH PPS Proposed Rule includes proposals related to the Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program for hospitals, including:

  • Maintain an electronic health record (EHR) reporting period of a minimum of any continuous 90-day period in CY 2022 for new and returning participants (eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals [CAHs]);
  • Maintaining the Electronic Prescribing Objective’s Query of Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) measure as optional worth 5 bonus points for CY 2021;
  • Modifying the name of the Support Electronic Referral Loops by Receiving and Incorporating Health Information measure to the Support Electronic Referral Loops by Receiving and Reconciling Health Information measure to better reflect the actions required by hospitals; and
  • Increasing the number of quarters of electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) data reported, from one self-selected quarter of data to four quarters of data, over a three year period, and to begin public reporting of eCQM data for eligible hospitals and CAHs as early as the fall of 2022 using CY 2021 data.

For More Information

Review this press release and fact sheet on the proposed rule (CMS-1735-P).

To view the proposed rule (CMS-1735-P), please visit the Federal Register.