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MedPAC votes to cut payments for free-standing ERs

MedPAC votes to cut payments for free-standing ERs

By Virgil Dickson  |  April 05, 2018

An influential advisory panel plans to ask Congress to cut payments to some stand-alone emergency departments. The proposal could save Medicare up to $250 million annually if enacted into law.

MedPAC: Hospitals' Medicare margins continue to drop

MedPAC: Hospitals' Medicare margins continue to drop

By Virgil Dickson  |  March 19, 2018

Hospitals' Medicare margins are expected to continue falling in 2018, according to MedPAC. The aggregate margin hit a negative 9.6% across hospitals in 2016 and could sink to a negative 11% this year.

MedPAC finalizes its proposed MIPS replacement

MedPAC finalizes its proposed MIPS replacement

By Virgil Dickson  |  December 07, 2017

An influential policy organization that advises Congress on Medicare issues has finalized a proposal to replace MIPS under MACRA. However, some commission members still question whether MIPS should be junked.

House lawmakers push back at MedPAC's proposed Medicare reforms

By Mara Lee  |  May 18, 2017

House lawmakers pushed back Thursday on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's calls to cut Medicare reimbursements to some kinds of providers, saying organizations in their districts tell them they could not survive with the proposed cuts.

MedPAC pushes for higher rates, but only for hospitals and doctors

By Virgil Dickson  |  December 09, 2016

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has suggested hospitals and doctors get payment bumps in 2018. Other sectors, including ambulatory surgery centers, skilled-nursing facilities and inpatient rehabilitation facilities, should get no increases, the group says.

Editorial: An unfair DSH formula for safety net hospitals

Editorial: An unfair DSH formula for safety net hospitals

By Merrill Goozner  |  July 09, 2016

The CMS continues to adjust its formula for distributing disproportionate-share payments for safety net hospitals based on initial assumptions about insurance coverage under the ACA that have not panned out.

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