MedPAC Recommends 7% Reduction in Home Health Payments

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) last week released their March,2024 Medicare Payment Policy Report to Congress. Based on the Commission’s review of the payment and cost indicators, the MedPAC recommends that the Congress should reduce the 2024 Medicare base payment rates for home health agencies by seven percent. MedPAC, once again, has concluded that […]

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MedPAC Recommends Home Health Payment Rate Cut, Hospice Update Freeze

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) unanimously voted Thursday, January 11, 2024, to recommend cutting the home health base payment rate by seven percent in CY2025 and freezing the hospice update to 2024 Medicare base payment rates for FY2025. MedPAC, which advises Congress on Medicare payment issues, previously released draft recommendations for these reductions in December 2023. If accepted […]

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MedPAC Draft Recommendation for Hospice Eliminates Rate Update

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Late last week, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) held a meeting to discuss their draft recommendations for various Medicare programs for their upcoming annual report to Congress, which will be released in March 2024 (slides from the hospice discussion can be found HERE). The Chair’s draft recommendation for the Medicare hospice program, which most […]

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MedPAC Calls for 7 Percent Home Health Rate Cut

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Last week, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) held their annual December public meeting to discuss payment rate adequacy across the Medicare program. For the Home Health session commissioners received a presentation from MedPAC staff on the current state of the benefit. Following are notable data points and recommendations from 2022 data: Quality of care […]

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Home Health Leaders: MedPAC Home Health Margin Estimates are Dangerously Flawed, Risk Misleading Policymakers

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Washington, DC – The Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare (the Partnership) and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) today expressed serious concerns about the validity and reliability of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (MedPAC’s) initial presentation on home health margins at its December public meeting. MedPAC’s flawed approach and misleading conclusions fail […]

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MedPAC Discusses Ambitious Hospice Workplan

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has a long history of examining the Medicare Hospice Benefit and over the years has made multiple recommendations that have resulted in hospice payment and policy changes. During its November meeting, the Commission discussed four hospice projects that it intends to pursue over the coming years. The projects are […]

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NAHC Testimony to Senate Leads Defense of Home Health Against CMS Proposed Rule

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William A. Dombi, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) led the defense of the home health industry at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee subcommittee on health care yesterday, telling lawmakers that proposed cuts to the home health payment rate by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services […]

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MedPAC Submits Wage Index Reform Recommendations to Congress

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Over recent months, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), an advisory body to the Congress, has conducted in-depth study of the wage index system and developed a model approach designed to eliminate inequities and bring greater accuracy to the wage index system. As part of a recent report to Congress (June 2023 Report to the Congress: […]

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MedPAC Submits Wage Index Reform Recommendations to Congress

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Over recent months, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), an advisory body to the Congress, has conducted in-depth study of the wage index system and developed a model approach designed to eliminate inequities and bring greater accuracy to the wage index system. As part of a recent report to Congress (June 2023 Report to the Congress: […]

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MedPAC Submits Wage Index Reform Recommendations to Congress

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Over recent months, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), an advisory body to the Congress, has conducted in-depth study of the wage index system and developed a model approach designed to eliminate inequities and bring greater accuracy to the wage index system. As part of a recent report to Congress (June 2023 Report to the Congress: […]

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Stop Home Health Medicare Cuts!

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GO HERE to stop home health Medicare cuts! Medicare home health has endured a series of massive cuts to the reimbursement structure and providers are expecting additional cuts to be announced in this years rulemaking by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). These cuts will have devastating, long-term repercussions on access to care […]

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