The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has submitted a vote that recommends an additional five percent cut in the next annual Medicare payment rates for home health agencies. Legislative action would need to be taken to put this recommendation into effect.
This recommendation will be included in MedPAC’s annual report to Congress published in March. The five percent reduction would reduce 2018 Medicare spending by $2 billion. MedPAC advises on Medicare spending but does not control Medicare spending.
The organization also endorsed flat reimbursement levels for hospices.