On Aug. 5, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the federal fiscal year (FFY) 2017 final payment rule for the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System (PPS). The final rule reflects the annual updates to the Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) SNF payment rates and policies.

A copy of the final rule Federal Register (FR) and other resources related to the SNF PPS are available on the CMS website. An online version of the final rule is available here.

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