On May 4, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking setting out options that CMS is considering to replace the Medicare reimbursement system for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). The Center for Medicare Advocacy’s Alert described the proposal at length and the ways it would change financial incentives for SNFs. Likely effects of these changes include a drastic reduction in therapy services in SNFs and a shortened period of Medicare Part A-covered care.
In response to requests from “professional associations and national industry organizations,” CMS has now extended the public comment period to August 25, 2017.
The Center will be drafting comments and will make them available well before the August 25 deadline.
 82 Fed. Reg. 20980 (May 4, 2017).
 Center for Medicare Advocacy, “CMS Considers New Medicare Reimbursement System for Skilled Nursing Facilities: If Implemented, Would Gut Therapy” (CMA Alert, May 17, 2017), https://www.medicareadvocacy.org/cma-alert-may-17-2017/.
 CMS, “Medicare Program; Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities: Revisions to Case-Mix Methodology; Extension of Comment Period,” https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-06-14/pdf/2017-12324.pdf.