tci Medicare Compliance & Reimbursement - 2005 Issue 5

Reimbursement: MedPAC To Recommend Skimpy Or No 2006 Updates For Providers

Over the past several years, numerous congressional Republicans have grumbled that the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission made too many recommendations that would cost the government more money. As fretting over budget deficits builds this year, those lawmakers should be happy with recommendations the panel voted for at its January meeting. MedPAC voted Jan 12 to recommend no 2006 pay raises for skilled nursing facilities and home health agencies and a raise for hospitals of 0.4 percentage points less than the projected 2006 price increase of the so-called hospital marketbasket of goods and services. The recommendations will appear in...

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