CMS last week issued three proposed payment rules for fiscal year (FY) 2023, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Colorado, Maryland, and Virginia.
- Colorado: Centura Health on Tuesday appointed Angie Simonson CEO of its St. Thomas More Hospital in Cañon City, Colorado. Simonson, who currently serves as the health system's directory of operations for ambulatory services, will step into her new role on April 18. St. Thomas More is among Centura's 17 hospitals. (Gooch, Becker's Hospital Review, 3/31)
- Maryland: CMS last week issued three proposed payment rules for FY 2023. On Wednesday, CMS issued a proposed rule to update hospice payment rates with a 2.7% net increase to payment, which includes a 3.1% market basket update, a 0.4% cut for productivity, and an annual payment cap of $32,142.65 per patient. On Thursday, the agency proposed a 2.8% Medicare rate increase for the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System—a move that would increase payment by $170 million in FY 2023, compared with FY 2022. The agency also proposed a 2.7% increase for the Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Prospective Payment System. (Goldman, Modern Healthcare, 3/31; CMS fact sheet, 3/30; AHA News, 3/31; CMS fact sheet, 3/31 ; CMS fact sheet, 3/31 )
- Virginia: CIA Director William Burns on Thursday tested positive for the coronavirus during a routine PCR test. According to a CIA news release, Burns saw President Joe Biden Wednesday morning "in a socially distanced meeting, and was wearing an N-95 mask. Their interaction is not considered close contact as defined by CDC guidance." Burns, who is currently working from home, joins a growing list of high-level government officials who have tested positive for the virus in recent weeks. (Allassan, Axios, 3/31)