Because of the prolonged government shutdown, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) may encounter delays in promulgating final payment rules that would otherwise be effective January 1, 2014.It is reasonable to expect that CMS will miss the November 1, 2013 statutory deadline to publish final rules due to the staff shortage from the shutdown as well as the complexity of many significant rule changes that were proposed earlier this year.There is precedent for delaying the effective date of an entire payment rule to allow for the proper 60-day notice and comment period, and there are cases where only portions of a rule that represent significant changes have been delayed.Providers should assess whether CMS has taken the requisite time to properly account for stakeholder input through the comment process, and, if not, they should identify possible remedies.Despite the short-term resolution to the government budget and debt-ceiling “crisis,” health care providers serving approximately 50 million Medicare beneficiaries may be waiting longer than usual this year to see what rates they will be paid in 2014 as a result of the government shutdown. Any delay is likely to cause great angst amongst providers, including physicians, hospitals, laboratories, and post-acute care facilities such as… Read full this story
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