The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have proposed removing total knee replacement from the inpatient-only list as of January 1, 2018. And CMS has also asked for comments on removing total and partial hip replacement from the inpatient-only list, allowing all three surgeries to be performed in ambulatory surgery centers as of January 1, 2019.
CMS may be achieving cost reduction goals at the expense of providers as well as beneficiaries who will be impacted most, especially those who might not qualify for a three-day inpatient stay and who could be restricted by the outpatient therapy cap limitation and a lack of effective prehab opportunities.
This is a major development. And for the first time ever, Dr. Ronald Hirsch and Nancy Beckley will team up together for this exclusive RACmonitor webcast. They'll review the major impacts these proposed changes could have on hospitals and post-acute care facilities.
Both will describe not only the problems and financial impacts, but also potential solutions —solutions your team will have to undertake, including compliance with local coverage determinations (LCDs).
During this exclusive RACmonitor webcast, Dr. Hirsch and Nancy Beckley will...
- Describe the CMS proposals on changes to joint replacement site of service
- Explain the financial and clinical implications of the proposals
- Describe the new standard for inpatient admission of joint replacements
- Review the changes needed by post-acute providers to optimize care for joint replacement patients
- How to effectively prepare patients for prehab and rehab when skilled nursing facility (SNF) may not be in the mix