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As expected, the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System (SNF PPS) Final Rule, released on July 31, covers some significant SNF PPS payment issues. For example, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) not only updated the RUG-IV per-diem payment rates, but also revised and rebased the market basket index by updating the base year from 2010 to 2014, and by adding a new cost category for Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Services. Note: For more information about the payment changes, see this CMS fact sheet.
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