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Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) Recommends Changes in Medicare Payments
On Friday, March 15, 2013, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) released its annual report to Congress in which it recommended annual rate adjustments for Medicare’s fee-for-service providers. A copy of the 435-page report is available here and the executive summary is available here.
Specifically, MedPAC made recommendations related to inpatient and outpatient hospitals; physicians and other health care providers; ambulatory surgical centers; outpatient dialysis; skilled nursing facilities; home health agencies; inpatient rehabilitation facilities; long-term care hospitals; and hospice. In addition, MedPAC’s March report also discussed the status of the Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D programs.
MedPAC is required by Congress to provide annual “updates” – or changes to Medicare payment policies. While MedPAC is widely seen as an influential body, its recommendations have no force of law – Congress must enact legislation to implement MedPAC’s recommendations.