February 19, 2021
CMS has used the CY 2021 OPPS Final Rule to announce another two rounds of applications for Section 5506 of the Affordable Care Act, FTE redistribution of cap slots from closed hospitals, Round 18 and Round 19. Applications must be received by CMS’s Central Office by March 29, 2021; it is not sufficient for applications to be postmarked by this date....Read More
January 13, 2021
To further assist hospitals during the current Public Health Emergency, CMS has granted providers an additional 60 days from the initial due date for any cost reporting period not identified and ending on a date falling in the period of March 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020.
Following is a link to CMS’s official announcement (see page 105):...Read More
December 23, 2020
On December 21, 2020, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, a $900 billion spending package designed to stabilize the US economy and fund programs to fight COVID-19. This bill, expected to take effect by mid-January if signed by President Trump, contains several important changes related to graduate medical education (GME). Below is a summary of...Read More
October 22, 2020
CMS has issued the FY 2021 IPPS Final Rule that took effect on October 1, 2020. The proposed rule addressed growing concerns of operational and administrative challenges resulting from residents who transferred or matched to other programs or participate in planned rotations at other hospitals before the official closing date. As a result, CMS has redefined “displaced...Read More
September 29, 2020
The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking comments on whether regulatory flexibilities initiated during the Public Health Emergency (PHE) should be extended for the remainder of 2020. CMS officially made their request for comments in the CY 2021 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule published on August 3, 2020.
These policies related to...Read More
July 14, 2020
CMS has provided additional flexibility for hospitals during this Public Health Emergency by extending cost report filing deadlines. Hospitals with fiscal years ending December 31, 2019, January 31, 2020, or February 29, 2020, will have an extension to file their cost reports as stated below:
Hospitals with fiscal years ending 12/31/2019 will now be due by...Read More
June 3, 2020
CMS has published the FY 2021 Inpatient Prospective Payment Services (IPPS) Proposed Rule on May 29th. In the FY 2021 IPPS proposed rule, CMS addresses changes to closing hospitals and Graduate Medical Education (GME) residency programs that could take effect as soon as October 1, 2020. The proposed rule addresses growing concerns of operational and administrative...Read More
May 21, 2020
On Thursday, May 21, 2020, CMS announced yet another extension due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE). CMS has provided flexibility to teaching hospitals and has stated that teaching hospitals have until October 1, 2020 to submit new or amended Medicare GME affiliation agreements, instead of the July 1, 2020 deadline.
The official announcement can be found...Read More
May 11, 2020
On April 30, 2020, The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new set of waivers aimed at relieving financial pressure on Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs to address the needs of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following is a summary of waivers directly related to GME Programs:
Temporary Bed Increase Will Not Impact IME Payments
For the...Read More
April 20, 2020
In an April 7th letter to Congress, U.S. Representatives Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) and Bill Pascrell, Jr. (NJ-9) have requested an increase in Graduate Medical Education (GME) slots for hospitals to be included in the next COVID-19 legislative package.
“This would help alleviate the staffing burden that has plagued so many hospitals across the country, and...Read More