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MedPAC Opposes Episode-Based Payment for Post-Acute, For Now

Tuesday, March 12, 2019   (0 Comments)
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March 12, 2019, NAHC Report 


On March 8, 2019 the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) panel concluded that a unified payment system for post-acute care facilities should be based on each patient stay and not the entire episode of care.

The discussion among commission members focused on how to create a unified prospective payment system to make Medicare fee-for-service payments in post-acute settings more accurate than they are now. Commission members discussed systems based on both episodic and patient-stay payments and found merits to both systems, but eventually abandoned the episodic system out of concerns that post-acute providers would discharge patients too soon.

Commission members did agree that they might want to reconsider an episodic system at some point in the future.

You can view slides from the MedPAC meeting HERE.

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