As expected, as usual – OK, as required by law – the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published the proposed rules for all the various types of inpatient services and now is taking comments to incorporate into the final rule (which, also by law, should be available on Aug. 2).

What is changing, assuming that most of the proposed rule carries over to the final rule? Not much, really, and nothing we didn’t expect. Here are a few key points to show you what I mean:

Changes

First, consider rehabilitation and psychiatric services. The big recent announcement was that all the hospital-specific and patient-specific factors from 2014 are being retained for 2015, and maybe even longer. So, in English: Nothing is changing except the payment rates, wage indices, and outlier thresholds.

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