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Also in the News for Friday, April 3

AHCA supports MedPAC vote on three-day stay policy … CMS issues guidance on biosimilars, including for Medicare Part B … HHS chief technology officer retiring … Florida Dems push for Medicaid expansion

Highest Court takes a pass on MedPAC-replacement case

Attorneys working to abolish the Independent Payment Advisory Board vowed Tuesday to fight the IPAB’s first board action, whenever it might come. On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a long-standing case challenging the panel’s constitutionality.

Bill to repeal Medicare payment panel reintroduced in Congress

Opposition to a proposed independent payment advisory board (IPAB) continued to swell this week following re-introduction of a bill in Congress to repeal a portion of the Affordable Care Act that houses it. Skilled nursing providers have been among providers who do not favor IPAB, which would largely supplant the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC).

MedPAC Chairman Glenn Hackbarth

MedPAC discusses limiting patients’ post-acute options

Medicare rules might have to be relaxed to give hospitals more say in where patients go for post-acute care, members of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission proposed at a recent meeting in Washington, D.C. It’s likely that many hospitals already are “soft steering,” some commissioners said.

Andrew Kramer

Focus on preventable readmissions

Readmissions have become an increasingly urgent concern for skilled nursing facilities not only because they are traumatic for residents, but also because under the Affordable Care Act, hospitals’ Medicare reimbursements have been tied to readmission rates. For the past few years, skilled nursing facilities have tried to attract referrals by showing that they can help hospitals keep readmissions low.

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