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MedPAC outlines post-acute pay overhaul, backs Part D changes
Modern Healthcare

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has completed work on a road map for overhauling how the program pays for post-acute care. The advisory panel voted to back a variety of changes to the Part D prescription drug program that could save as much as $10 billion over five years.The post-acute proposal, to be included in the commission’s June report to Congress, would change the way Medicare reimburses skilled-nursing facilities, home health agencies, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long-term-care hospitals. It would establish rates according to specific patient conditions instead of the kind of specific care setting. Congress directed MedPAC to develop a plan to pay these providers under one prospective payment system.