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MedPAC Issues Home Health Rebasing Report to Congress

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recently released to Congress a report assessing the impact that rebasing Medicare rates for home health care — as implemented by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — has on beneficiary access and quality of care. In the report, MedPAC concluded that previous payment reductions did not have a negative effect on quality or beneficiary access to care, and that this prior experience suggests the ACA rebasing will not change average episode payments significantly, nor have a negative impact on beneficiary access or quality. MedPAC will continue to review empirical data of the ACA payment rebasing as it becomes available. A copy of the report is available at  http://medpac.gov/documents/reports/dec14_homehealth_rebasing_report.pdf.

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