Applications for New Medical Education Slots Due March 31, 2022
1. FFY 2019 Worksheet S-10 Audit Verification
CMS recently released updated Medicare cost report data in the Healthcare Cost Report Information System (HCRIS) including updates to Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2019 Worksheet (WS) S-10. Toyon recommends Disproportionate Share (DSH) providers validate this HCRIS information, as CMS will likely use FFY 2019 WS S-10 data to determine FFY 2023 Uncompensated Care DSH (UC DSH) payments.
Toyon also recommends providers contact their MAC regarding any discrepancies between their FFY 2019 WS S-10 audit results and the HCRIS data. Toyon will provide this service for all our S-10 clients to verify the agreed upon audit results were transmitted accurately. CMS’s use of FFY 2019 WS S-10 data will be further discussed in the FFY 2023 IPPS Proposed Rule this Spring.
Toyon’s FFY 2019 WS S-10 Audit Verification File Available HERE
To assist with audit verification, please feel free to download (using the link above) Toyon’s WS S-10 comparison file. This file allows providers to enter the results from their WS S-10 audit adjustment reports and compare against WS S-10 data in CMS’s HCRIS database.
All data entry areas in the template are orange.
— Enter Medicare provider number in Excel Cell A2
— Enter FFY 2019 WS S-10 audit results in the following cells
Cell J26 - WS S-10 Line 1, Col 1: Cost to Charge Ratio
Cell H30 - WS S-10 Line 20, Col 1: Uninsured Charity Charges
Cell I30 - WS S-10 Line 20, Col 2: Insured Charity Charges
Cell H32 - WS S-10 Line 22, Col 1: Uninsured Charity Payments, if applicable
Cell I32 - WS S-10 Line 22, Col 2: Insured Charity Payments, if applicable
Cell J39 - WS S-10 Line 25, Col 1: Medicaid Charges > LOS Limit, if appliable
Cell J40 - WS S-10 Line 26, Col 1: Total Bad Debt Expense
Cell J42 - WS S-10 Line 27.01, Col 1: Allowable Medicare Bad Debts
After entering above data, the template will compare:
— FFY 2019 Audited WS S-10 vs. FFY 2019 WS S-10 per CMS HCRIS
— FFY 2019 Audited WS S-10 vs. FFY 2018 Audited WS S-10 per CMS HCRIS
Should you have any questions about the audit comparison file and/or questions about your hospital’s audit results please feel to reach out to Liam Corrigan-Carias at 888.514.9312,Liam.Corrigan-Carias@toyonassociates.com
Cost report fiscal years beginning on/after 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
It is possible that Cost of Uncompensated Care on Line 30 may vary from the S-10 audit results. This may be a result of separate cost report audits impacting the Cost to Charge Ratio (S-10, Line 1) or Medicare Bad Debts (S-10, Line 27.01).
2. Upcoming Deadline: Applications for New Medical Education Slots
Hospitals have until March 31, 2022 to apply for up to five new FTE cap slots for distribution in FFY 2023. Further instructions and the application for FTE cap slots is available on the CMS Graduate Medical Education website.
CMS finalized rules on the distribution of 1,000 new resident FTE cap slots over five years (200 per year) under Section 126 of theConsolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA) for hospitals looking to establish or expand residency programs. The additional cap slots will be distributed to hospitals that are included in the following four categories (with at least 10% of slots going to each category):
Hospitals located in rural areas or that are treated as being in a rural area.
Hospitals that are training residents over their cap amount.
Hospitals located in the 35 states (listed in the CAA) with new medical schools or additional locations and branches of existing campuses.
Hospitals that train residents in a program where at least 50 percent of the residents' training time occurs at site(s) physically located in (a) geographic Health Professional Shortage Area(s) (HPSA).
HPSA scores will be a key criterion for all four categories, not just category four. Hospitals can find information about the HPSA or HPSAs associated with their training program locations using HRSA's Search Tool. CMS will prioritize applications by descending HPSA score. When hospitals have the same HPSA score, applications are next prioritized for hospitals with fewer than 250 beds.
The next medical education deadline associated with Section 131 of the CCA is July 1, 2022 for hospitals looking to reset their PRAs and/or FTE resident caps (providers with fewer than 1.0 FTE in a cost reporting period beginning before October 1, 1997; or fewer than 3.0 FTEs in a cost reporting period beginning on or after October 1, 1997 and before December 27, 2020). The 7/1/2022 deadline is only for hospitals that believe the published HCRIS data is not accurate, and who want to provide documentation to challenge it. For more information, please see Toyon’s News You Need to Know articlehere from January 7, 2022.