CMS releases SNF 2018 proposed payment rule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the federal fiscal year (FFY) 2018 proposed payment rule for the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System (PPS). The proposed rule reflects the annual updates to the Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) SNF payment rates and policies. CMS also issued an advance notice of proposed rule-making (ANPRM) to solicit public comments on potential options for revising the SNF PPS payment methodology.

Click here for SDAHO’s brief of the proposed rule.

A copy of the proposed rule in the Federal Register (FR) and other resources related to the SNF PPS are available on the CMS website at

An online version of the proposed rule is available at

The ANPRM is available at

Program changes proposed by CMS will be effective for discharges on or after Oct. 1, 2017, unless otherwise noted. Comments on the proposed rule and ANPRM are due to CMS by June 26, 2017 and can be submitted electronically at by using the website’s search feature to search for file codes “1679-P” and “1686-ANPRM” respectively.

SDAHO will be sending out the SNF analysis later this week. The analysis is intended to show members how Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) payments would change from FFY 2017 to FFY 2018 based on the policies recommended in the FFY 2018 IRF proposed rule.