CMS issued a proposed rule to update payment rates and policies under the End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System for renal dialysis services furnished to Medicare beneficiaries on or after Jan. 1, 2023.
Here are four takeaways from the proposed rule:
- Under the proposed rule, Medicare expects to pay $8.2 billion to approximately 7,800 facilities in 2023 for furnishing renal dialysis services. The proposed 2023 base rate is $264.09, an increase of $6.19 to the current base rate.
- CMS projects that the updates for 2023 would increase the total payments to all ESRD facilities by 3.1 percent compared with 2022. Hospital-based facilities are expected to see total payments increase by 7 percent, and freestanding facilities are projected to see a 3.1 percent bump in total payments.
- The rule proposes an increase to the wage index floor, a permanent 5 percent cap on decreases to the wage index and a change to the methodology used to calculate the outlier threshold for adult patients.
- In the proposed rule, CMS is requesting information regarding health equity issues and a potential add-on payment adjustment for certain renal dialysis drugs and biological products.