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The Final 2018 Inpatient Hospital PPS Rule

Thursday, August 17, 2017

9:00am - 12:00pm
MHA Conference Center
Burlington, MA

$149 MHA Member Rate
$249 Non-Member Rate

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Program Overview

Join us at MHA’s annual program to review the final IPPS inpatient rule- we’ll cover all of the critical changes and updates important to hospitals. Specifically, we’ll expect to cover:  Alternatives to the Two-Midnight Rule, Medicare legislative/regulatory issues, DSH calculations, value-based incentives, and new adjustment factors for hospital-acquired conditions. Regarding the Two-Midnight Rule, CMS has called for public comments to find another payment system for Medicare short inpatient stays and has requested providers to define short inpatient stays and suitable payments for them. We’ll provide an update on this critical issue.

Program Objectives:

• How to analyze the fiscal year 2018 Inpatient PPS Final rule so you can evaluate the impact of the proposed changes on your hospital
• Inflation and program financial updates
• MS-DRG grouping, significant ICD-10 changes and impact of significant declassification of 800 codes from OR to non-OR
• Changes to DSH payment calculations, value-based incentives and adjustments factors for hospital-acquired conditions and hospital readmission reduction program
• How to examine other Medicare legislative and regulatory issues applicable to acute care hospitals
Valerie Rinkle, President, Valorize Consulting
More about our faculty:
Valerie Rinkle is President of Valorize Consulting as well as a regulatory specialist for HCPro. She has more than 30 years’ experience in healthcare policy, finance, strategy, and revenue management operations.  Her expertise spans all CMS reimbursement methodologies and the operational capabilities necessary to effectively achieve accurate and defensible payment. She has extensive hospital chargemaster, OPPS and physician fee schedule, and provider-based departments experience.

Valerie also has significant experience in leading compliance due diligence in support of M&A as well as defense strategies surrounding OIG, DOJ, RAC and other audit agencies including state Medicaid programs.  She has served as an expert witness in litigation. 

Valerie is a frequent public speaker including as an annual presenter on OPPS at the Institute on Medicare and Medicaid Payment Policy by the American Health Lawyers Association where she co-presents with CMS representatives.



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Two and a half (2.5) hours of Qualified Education credits will be granted for this program toward advancement or recertification in the American College of Healthcare Executives.