2016 MedPAC Report Issued
March 18, 2016 03:33 PM
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has issued its annual Report to Congress on Medicare Payment Policy.
As previously covered in NAHC Report here, for both home health and hospice, MedPAC recommends that Congress eliminate the updates for the 2017 payment year. As the annual payment updates for both home health and hospice are set in statute, elimination of the payment updates for 2017 would require legislative action.
Relative to hospice payment policy, MedPAC is repeating its recommendation that hospice be included as part of the Medicare Advantage benefit package.
With respect to home health, in addition to its recommendation that no payment update for the 2017 payment year be included, MedPAC is recommending that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) implement a two-year rebasing of the payment system beginning in 2018 and that Congress direct the Secretary to revise the Home Health Prospective Payment System to eliminate use of therapy visits as a factor in payment determinations concurrent with rebasing.
Following are links to appropriate chapters: Home Health; Hospice; Medicare Advantage.