CMS Urges Providers To 'Make Your Voices Heard' On Case-Mix Methodology Memo

August 4, 2017, Emily Mongan, McKnight's Long-Term Care News - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is still seeking provider feedback on its proposal to replace skilled nursing facilities' existing case-mix model, officials said Thursday.  Providers are encouraged to submit additional feedback before the comment period closes Aug. 25.

John Kane, a skilled nursing team member at CMS, told providers during a SNF Open Door Forum Thursday that the agency has received just under 170 comments on their April advance notice of proposed rulemaking regarding revisions to the prospective payment system and case-mix methodology, call attendees told McKnight's.

The agency previously extended the comment period from June 26 to Aug. 25 to gather more feedback.

“We encourage you to submit comments on the ANPRM and make your voices heard on this issue,” Kane told call attendees.

He later responded to one attendees' anxiety over the notice's purpose, stressing that there is no timeframe for the pay methodology to be revised, and that the notice is “only a discussion piece” to foster communication between the agency and providers.

The call also covered provisions of the SNF Fiscal Year 2018 payment rule, including updates to the value-based purchasing and quality reporting programs.

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