On Aug. 2, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the display copy of the federal fiscal year (FFY) 2017 final payment rule for the Medicare Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System (LTCH PPS). The final rule reflects the annual update to the Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) LTCH payment rates and policies.

A display copy of the final rule Federal Register (FR) and other resources related to the LTCH PPS is available on the CMS website. An online version of the final rule will be available here on Aug. 22.

A SDAHO brief of the final rule is provided along with display copy page references for additional details. Program changes adopted by CMS will be effective for discharges on or after Oct. 1, unless otherwise noted.