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Medicare Panel Mulls Recommending Nursing Home Payment Cut

Dec. 10, 2021, 9:58 PM

A congressional advisory panel on Friday moved to recommend that Medicare payments for nursing homes, home health agencies and inpatient rehabilitation facilities be cut by 5% in 2023, citing adequate reimbursement rates for the facilities.

Only long-term care hospitals would see a payment increase in 2023 under the draft recommendations adopted by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission on the final day of its December meeting. The panel’s draft recommendation calls for 2% increase in the Medicare base payment rate for long-term hospitals, minus an applicable productivity adjustment.

MedPAC provides lawmakers with analysis and policy advice on the taxpayer-funded Medicare program. ...

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