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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in July a new Medicare payment system for certain special hospitals that care for Medicare beneficiaries recovering from strokes, joint replacements, or other conditions requiring inpatient rehabilitation. The prospective payment system (PPS), required by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, is scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2002. CMS published the final rule on the PPS in the Federal Register on Aug. 7. The PPS replaces the existing cost-based payment system. Under the new payment system, rehabilitation facilities will be paid based on the characteristics of each patient they admit. Medicare will pay hospitals more to care for patients with greater needs, as determined by a comprehensive assessment of their condition.
• The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) in Chicago is hosting its 73rd National Convention and Exhibit Oct. 13-18 in Miami Beach. "Return on Information" will provide the latest information on topics ranging from the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and data quality management to compliance and security. For more information, visit AHIMA’s web site at www.ahima.org/convention or contact the association at (312) 233-1100.
• The Third National HIPAA Summit: From Theory to Practice — From Planning to Implementation will be held Oct. 25-26 in Washington, DC. Pre-conference symposia will be held on Oct. 24. On Oct. 25, the summit features a full-day plenary session town meeting on regulating health care privacy and data security. Leading federal and state regulators will be available for interaction. For more information, visit the web site www.hipaasummit.com or call (800) 684-4549.