MedPAC Payment Update Recommendations

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December 15, 2016

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) at its recent December 8, 2016 meeting received presentations on recommendations for IRF, SNF, and Home Health payments. The Chair provided the following recommendations:

  • Inpatient Rehab Facility (IRF) – Five Percent (5%) 2018 payment cut and implement a two-year rebasing of the payment system
  • Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) – No 2018 payment update
  • Home Health – No 2018 payment update

MedPAC Commissioners debated the recommendations and decided to come back with revised recommendations for consideration at their January 2017 meeting. 

Legislation Introduced to Alleviate Impact of Conversion Factor Cut for 2021

Nov 09, 2020

Last month, two bills were introduced in the House proposing solutions to the estimated 10.6% Physician Fee Schedule conversion factor cut expected to go into effect January 1, 2021.  The bills offer some relief to the cut, but do not reflect a comprehensive or long-term solution.  AAPM&R has therefore chosen to remain neutral regarding these bills. 

Your Academy continues to advocate for a permanent solution to the conversion factor cut while maintaining the important payment increases to office and outpatient evaluation and management services.