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Keep long-term-care, hospice rates static: MedPAC
Modern Healthcare

Medicare’s primary advisory board urged Congress to keep pay rates unchanged for long-term-care hospital services and hospices in the next fiscal year, even if a scheduled 2% Medicare-wide provider cut goes into effect.

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s unanimous recommendations on Friday for unchanged rates for the two provider types were meant as cost-saving measures, since a legislative formula that sets the program’s provider rates had called for each to receive relatively small increases at the start of the next fiscal year in October.