Medicare Payment Reduction

Reduce Medicare payments for hospice care in skilled nursing facilities, MedPAC suggests

Reduce Medicare payments for hospice care in skilled nursing facilities, MedPAC suggests

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The government should consider Medicare payment cuts for hospice services provided in skilled nursing facilities, according to Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) commissioners. A reduction of 3% to 5% is reasonable, MedPAC says, based on a formula that assumes "equal provision of aide visits" in home and facility settings, and accounts for the labor costs of these two types of care.