On April 19, 2019, CMS released the Proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Payment and Policy Changes for Medicare Skilled Nursing Facilities. With this release, updates are proposed to SNF Prospective Payment System (PPS), SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program (VBP), and SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP) and align with CMS’s efforts to shift Medicare payments from volume to value.
THE FOLLOWING CHANGES ARE NOTED IN THE PROPOSED RULE
Increase in SNF payments by $887 million, or 2.5 percent for fiscal year 2020. The updates to the urban and rural base rates under PDPM are as follows: