MedPAC: Cut Hospice Payment Cap by 20%, Report Telehealth on Claims

Posted Saturday, March 19, 2022

Earlier this week, as expected, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (MedPAC) March 2022 Report to Congress recommended that:

  • Medicare base payment rates for hospice for Fiscal Year 2023 remain at current levels
  • The hospice aggregate cap should be wage-adjusted and reduced by 20 percent.
  • Hospices be required to report telehealth services on Medicare claims

“We have considered the effects of the coronavirus public health emergency (PHE) and associated relief policies on our indicators and whether those effects are likely to be temporary or permanent,” MedPAC said in its report to legislators. “To the extent that the effects of the PHE are temporary changes or vary significantly across individual hospice providers, they are best addressed through targeted temporary funding policies.”

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