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MedPAC pushes 1% pay increase for hospitals
Modern Healthcare

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius should limit hospital cuts she was required to make under a year-end fiscal cliff law to leave those facilities with a 1% payment increase next fiscal year, Congress’ primary Medicare advisory body recommended Thursday.

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission unanimously recommended that Congress direct Sebelius to increase inpatient and outpatient prospective payments by the 1%, which is technically a reduction from the pre-existing legislative formula that said hospitals should receive a 1.8% increase starting next October.