MedPAC Considers Pay Changes for 2015

According to an AHA News report, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission considered draft recommendations to Congress yesterday concerning inpatient, outpatient and long-term care hospital payments in 2015.

The recommendations would reduce or eliminate payment differences between hospital outpatient departments and physician offices for certain procedures and increase hospital inpatient and outpatient prospective payment rates by 3.2 percent in 2015, according to the report. Currently, Medicare reimburses hospital outpatient departments 80 percent more than freestanding physician clinics for routine evaluation and management office visits.

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