Skilled nursing facility prospective payment rates released
The updated rates are estimated to result in an increase of $670 million, or 1.8%, in payments to SNFs during FY 2013. SNFs in rural areas are expected to experience a slightly smaller increase (1.5%) than those in urban areas (1.9%). The difference will be largest in the Pacific region, where urban SNFs can expect an increase of roughly 2.7%, while rural SNFs are expected to see increases in payments of only approximately 0.3%.
As reported here, earlier this month the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a decision declining to transfer marijuana out of Schedule I. As marijuana remains a Schedule I...07 September 2016