AHA January 17, 2020

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission yesterday recommended that Congress provide a 2% market-basket update for the hospital inpatient and outpatient prospective payment systems in 2021. The commission also recommended using the difference between the update and amount specified in current law to increase hospital payments through its proposed Hospital Value Incentive Program, which would replace the four current hospital quality payment programs with a single alternative program. AHA this week said it supports the concept of appropriately linking quality performance to payment, but has significant concerns with the design of the HVIP.
In other action, MedPAC recommended that:

  • the Health and Human Services Secretary increase the fiscal year 2020 Medicare base payment rates for long-term care hospitals by 2% in 2021;
  • ...