CMS issues final IPPS rule

By Jacque Roche and Lindsay Law

Three conditions added to HAC payment policy

Under the final inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) rule updating Medicare payments to hospitals for fiscal year 2009, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) added three new conditions to the list of hospital-acquired conditions (HAC) for which Medicare will not pay at the enhanced complication/comorbidity payment level.

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