White House OKs Final Medicare 2022 Hospital Pay for Release


July 30, 2021 10:41 am

A final rule setting Medicare hospital payment rates for 2022 has cleared White House review and can be published at any time by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

The proposed rule issued in April would give acute-care hospitals an overall 2.8% increase, or another $2.5 billion, in fiscal year 2022.

Long-term care hospitals would receive an extra 1.4%, or $52 million under the proposal (RIN 0938-AU44), which published May 10 in the Federal Register.

In 2019, Medicare paid acute-care hospitals $186 billion for 8.7 million inpatient stays on behalf of roughly 5.5 million beneficiaries, according to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.

Long-term care hospitals have an average length of stay of more than 25 days. In 2019, Medicare paid these hospitals $3.7 billion for about 91,000 stays on behalf of 82,000 beneficiaries, the commission reported.