MedPAC considers 2013 payments for post-acute care

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As part of its two-day meeting in Washington, D.C, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission yesterday and this morning considered draft recommendations to Congress for updating fiscal year 2013 payments to various post-acute care providers. For long-term care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and home health agencies, the commission considered a 0% market-basket update. It also considered a 1% update for the end-stage renal disease prospective payment system. The commission also discussed revising and rebasing the SNF PPS, which would increase payments to hospital-based SNFs by 27% on average, and reduce payments to SNFs with relatively high readmission rates. The commission also again discussed moving up the rebasing of the home health PPS mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act from 2014 to 2012 and completing the rebasing in two years rather than four, as prescribed in the ACA. MedPAC's draft recommendations may be revised before the commission votes on them in January.

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