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MedPAC: Hospitals Should Get 1% Payment Update in 2013
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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (MedPAC) submitted its payment policy report to Congress Thursday. Its recommendations cover hospital inpatient and outpatient services, and ambulatory surgical care among other services. Rates for hospitals and their outpatient departments should increase 1% starting in 2013, the commission recommends, but E&M (evaluation and management) visits in hospital outpatient settings should be reimbursed the same as other outpatient settings or physicians’ offices, and ambulatory surgical centers should get .5% more in 2013.