New MedPAC recommendations 'right on target,' Minnix says

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Larry Minnix
Larry Minnix

MedPAC's recent recommendations to revise the payment system for skilled nursing facilities drew praise Monday from the head of the largest nonprofit association for long-term care providers. 

"We think they're right on target," Larry Minnix, president and CEO of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, told McKnight's. "We've been saying for a long time that those nursing homes, whether not-for-profit or for-profit, are taking care of the complex medical patients that are not the more profitable market niches. Those nursing homes ought to be paid more for those complex medical patients."

MedPAC, the Medicare advisory body of Congress, on Friday released its June 2008 Report to the Congress: Reforming the Delivery System. The report offered reform across the Medicare payment system. Regarding SNFs, the panel recommended revising the payment system to incorporate a nontherapy ancillary payment component, a therapy payment component, and an outlier policy based on exceptionally high ancillary costs per stay.