The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission voted for a 1% increase in payment rates for hospices in 2012, along with a series of other post-acute recommendations. They will be included in a March 15 report to Congress, along with hospital and physician recommendations determined Jan. 13 (See story, p. 8). The report will seek no payment update for home health in 2012, and also proposed that the CMS re-base the segment’s payment system in 2013, as opposed to 2014. MedPAC also recommended medical reviews of claims in counties with aberrant utilization of home-health services, as well as copayments for home-health episodes not preceded by a hospitalization or post-acute care. The panel voted for a 1% payment increase for hospice care, though a few commission members were wary of providing any increase because hospices have become increasingly for-profit over the past decade. No increase was recommended for long-term acute-care hospitals.
Late News: MedPAC calls for review of home-health claims
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