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Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Outlier Payments

Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities, either freestanding hospitals or specialized hospital-based units, provide active psychiatric treatment to meet the urgent needs of those experiencing an acute mental health crisis, which may involve mental illnesses or alcohol- or drug-related problems. From FY 2014 to FY 2015, the number of claims with outlier payments increased by 28 percent, and total Medicare payments for stays that resulted in outlier payments increased from $450.2 million to $534.6 million (19 percent). We will determine whether Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities nationwide complied with Medicare documentation, coverage, and coding requirements for stays that resulted in outlier payments.

Announced or Revised Agency Title Component Report Number(s) Expected Issue Date (FY)
Nov-16 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Outlier Payments Office of Audit Services W-00-16-35778 2018

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