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Medicare Panel Urges Pay Hikes for Hospitals, Dialysis Centers

March 13, 2020, 5:19 PM

A panel that advises Congress on Medicare issues is recommending that lawmakers increase program reimbursement rates for hospitals, long-term care hospitals, and dialysis providers in 2021.

But the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s March report to Congress calls for home health agencies and inpatient rehabilitation facilities to receive a pay cut next year. Physicians, nursing homes, hospice providers, and same-day surgery centers would see no payment adjustment under the commission’s proposals.

An independent congressional agency established by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, the commission advises Congress on issues related to the Medicare program. Lawmakers may or may not follow the...

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