MedPAC Urges Congress To Lower Medicare Hospital Payment Rates To Recoup Overpayments

Modern Healthcare: "The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission is recommending that Congress further adjust Medicare's hospital inpatient payments over three years to recover overpayments that have resulted from recent documentation and coding changes." MedPAC also "called for the same recommendation as last year: to increase payment rates for inpatient and outpatient hospital services at the full rate of inflation, concurrent with the implementation of a quality incentives program. Currently, the projected marketbasket update for hospitals is at 2.5%, MedPAC estimates" (Lubell, 1/14).

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