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MedPAC Recommends One Percent Payment Increase For Hospitals

From the ACR in affiliation with BulletinHEALTHCARE:

CQ (12/7, Norman, Subscription Publication) reports, "The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission on Thursday in a draft recommendation called for a modest 1 percent increase in inpatient and outpatient hospital payments in 2014, at a time when providers are dreading the impact of possible Medicare cuts under sequestration or as a result of budget negotiations." In an analysis, used to make the recommendation, MedPAC "found that Medicare paid two percent more to hospitals in 2011 compared to 2010, as well as a continued shift to services provided in an outpatient setting rather than in hospital beds." 

Modern Healthcare (12/7, Daly, Subscription Publication) reports, "The rate increases, on which the full commission will vote in January, are based on current rates and do not account for the effect of a looming 2% cut to all Medicare providers from a separate deficit-reduction deal that is scheduled to begin in February."

MedPAC Recommends Congress Repeal SGR. MedPage Today (12/7, Pittman) reports that MedPAC also "said once again that it supports repealing the sustainable growth rate formula that establishes physician pay under Medicare." This is the same proposal the body made last year.


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