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MedPAC Will Recommend No Payment Update for ASCs in 2019

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission unveiled its draft recommendation on the ASC payment system yesterday.

Published: December 8, 2017

RATE FREEZE MedPAC will likely advise Congress to eliminate the 2019 payment update for ambulatory surgical centers.

Ambulatory surgical centers most likely won't receive a payment increase in 2019. The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) unveiled its draft recommendations on the various payment systems at is last public meeting of 2017 yesterday in Washington, D.C.

The news for ASCs was not good. MedPAC plans to advise Congress to eliminate the 2019 update to the payment rates for ASCs. A rate freeze would not diminish access to services for beneficiaries or ASCs' willingness and ability to furnish services, says MedPAC.

MedPAC also proposed a recommendation that ASCs be directed to report cost data.

By law, each year MedPAC is required to review Medicare payment policies and to make recommendations to Congress. MedPAC is an independent congressional agency charged with advising Congress and the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) on Medicare payment policies, patient access and quality of care. Its recommendations are not binding on Congress.

Dan O'Connor

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