The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has recommended no payment increases for skilled nursing providers in 2021 while also cautioning against payment decreases amid industry changes. 

MedPAC commissioners made the disclosure after reviewing Medicare’s payment adequacy for SNFs and discussed update options for providers in 2021 during a December meeting. 

The report, which focused on 2018 data, found that payment adequacy indicators for beneficiary access to care, quality of care, SNFs’ access to capital and Medicare payments and SNF costs were all “positive.”

The panel also recommended against payment reductions to providers due to significant changes within the industry, including the implementation of the new Patient Driven Payment Model. 

The commission will send Congress a formal report in March.