Lawmakers Fire Back Over MedPAC's Proposed Cuts To Long-Term Care

May 22, 2017, Emily Mongan, McKnight's Long-Term Care News - Several U.S. House lawmakers voiced their concerns last week over the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's (MedPAC) plan to recommend significant reimbursement cuts for post-acute care providers to Congress.

MedPAC executive director Mark Miller, Ph.D., told the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee that the recommendation to freeze payment updates to skilled nursing facilities for fiscal year 2018 will leave providers with “adequate” payments.  It would not hurt beneficiaries or their access to care, he said.

Miller also noted the post-acute care payment system should ideally operate under a unified payment system, and “the cost of inaction is mounting.”

“The cost to the program of not implementing the Commission's recommendations is substantial,” Miller said in his testimony.  “Medicare is paying more for services than it needs to.”

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