On July 31, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the advance text of its final rule to update the Medicare acute hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) for fiscal year (FY) 2016. The official version of the rule will be published in the Federal Register on August 17, 2015, and generally will apply to discharges occurring on or after October 1, 2015.

Policy analysts from Reed Smith have put together highlights of the proposed rule of particular interest to hip and knee surgeons. They have also made a comparison between 2015 and 2016 IPPS final rules. Read the memo and comparison spreadsheet.