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The Medicare IPO list was doomed years ago. For readers of and listeners to RACmonitor and Monitor Mondays, overthinking things is what we do. It’s the only explanation for our hand-wringing over the death of the Medicare inpatient-only (IPO) list.  To be clear, ending the IPO list is completely about…
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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are proposing to eliminate the inpatient-only list over the next three years. Medicare’s often-misunderstood inpatient-only list may soon be departing, as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed to eliminate it over the next three years, as outlined in the 2021…
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The action by CMS to remove total knee replacement from the inpatient-only was not unexpected in the 2018 OPPS final rule released on Wednesday.  In a surprised move the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) final rule Wednesday rather than on Friday…