FY 2024 Skilled Nursing Facility Perspective Payment System Final Rule

Posted Wednesday, August 2, 2023

On July 31, 2023, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that updates Medicare payment policies and rates for skilled nursing facilities under the Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System (SNF PPS) for fiscal year (FY) 2024. In addition, the final rule includes updates to the SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP) and the SNF Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program for FY 2024 and future years, including the adoption of a measure intended to address staff turnover, as outlined in the President’s Executive Order 14070 Increasing Access to High-Quality Care and Supporting Caregivers. Finally, the rule finalizes a constructive waiver process to ease administrative burdens for CMS related to processing Civil Monetary Penalty (CMP) appeals. CMS is publishing this final rule consistent with the legal requirements to update Medicare payment policies for SNFs annually. This fact sheet discusses the major provisions of the final rule.

FY 2024 Updates to the SNF Payment Rates

CMS estimates that the aggregate impact of the payment policies in this rule would result in a net increase of 4.0%, or approximately $1.4 billion, in Medicare Part A payments to SNFs in FY 2024. This estimate reflects a $2.2 billion increase resulting from the 6.4% net market basket update to the payment rates, which is based on a 3.0% SNF market basket increase plus a 3.6% market basket forecast error adjustment and less a 0.2% productivity adjustment, as well as a negative 2.3%, or approximately $789 million, decrease in the FY 2024 SNF PPS rates as a result of the second phase of the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) parity adjustment recalibration.

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