tci Part B Insider - 2008 Issue 9

PART B PAYMENT: MedPAC Advises Congress to Raise Physician Payment in 2009

But where there are hikes, there are also dropsThe Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) is no friend to home health agencies and skilled nursing facilities this year.On Feb. 28, MedPAC formally submitted its March 2008 Report to the Congress--Medicare Payment Policy, which spans more than 350 pages and makes several recommendations that may help some Part B providers- payments and sorely damage others.Among the recommendations is one that would increase the Medi-care Physician Fee Schedule conversion factor for 2009 by 1.1 percent for physician services, giving physicians a boost. To fund physician pay boosts, the MedPAC...

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