AHCCCS Issues Draft DRG Proposed Rules
Jim Haynes , Senior Vice President & COO
Recently AHCCCS released rulemaking amends and clarified rules specifying payments to hospitals for inpatient services under the DRG methodology. AHCCCS stated that the revision to the DRG rules are necessary to ensure that payments to hospitals for inpatient services satisfy federal Medicaid provisions, requiring that payments be “consistent with efficiency, economy, and quality of care and are sufficient to enlist enough providers so that care and services are available under the plan at least to the extent that such care and services are available to the general population in the geographic area.”
This rulemaking rebases the components of the DRG system using updated claims and encounter data as well as incorporates related changes to policy and service adjusters in an effort to maintain cost effectiveness. In addition, the rulemaking updates the All Patient Refined Diagnosis Related Group (APR-DRG) classification system established by 3M Health Information Systems will apply for dates of discharge beginning January 1, 2018. AHCCCS has not released reports illustrating the impact of the rates and policy adjusters for individual hospitals, nor the actual versus modeled impact of the DRG payment change made October 2014. AHCCCS is currently working these reports and will share them when complete. A public hearing will be held on August 8th, at 1 p.m. and comments
are due by 5 p.m. on August 8th. To access the latest rulemaking, click here.