The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission Jan. 11 voted to recommend that Congress update Medicare payment rates for hospital inpatient and outpatient services by the current law amount plus 1.5% for 2025, and reiterated its recommendation to distribute an additional $4 billion to safety-net hospitals by transitioning to a Medicare safety-net index policy. In other action, MedPAC recommended that Congress:

  • Update 2025 Medicare payments for physicians and other health professional services by half the Medicare Economic Index increase, and enact a non-budget-neutral add-on payment under the physician fee schedule to services provided to low-income Medicare beneficiaries
  •  Reduce 2025 payment rates for home health agencies by 7%.
  • Reduce 2025 payment rates for skilled nursing facilities by 3%.
  • Reduce 2025 payment rates for inpatient rehabilitation facilities by 5%.

In addition, MedPAC presented status reports for the Part D program and ambulatory surgical centers. Jan. 12, the commission expects to discuss the status of the Medicare Advantage program, along with policy options to standardize benefits in MA. 

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