Nonhospital providers also were targeted by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. The commission called on Congress to update payments for physician services by 1.1% in 2010, and approved language that would essentially redistribute relative value units for expensive imaging services to other physician services under Medicare. The commission recommended that Congress reduce home health payments by 5.5% in 2010. Congress in the meantime should call on HHS to evaluate the need for beneficiary protections under home health services, such as outcomes-based quality measures and risk-sharing, according to MedPAC. For other services, MedPAC recommended freezing payments for skilled-nursing facilities and inpatient-rehabilitation facilities in 2010, while offering a 1% update for dialysis services. Long-term acute-care facilities should get an increase of 1.6% next year, the commission recommended.
Late news: MedPAC seeks 1.1% payment update for physician services
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