Tuesday, June 17, 2014

AHCA Applauds MedPAC for Site-Neutral Recommendation


The following is a statement from American Health Care Association (AHCA) President & CEO Mark Parkinson in response to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (MedPAC) Report to the Congress: Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System:

“Skilled nursing care centers continue to be encouraged by MedPAC’s steadfast pursuit of a site-neutral payment system for post-acute care. With their recommendation today, MedPAC is a welcome addition to a long list of policymakers who support the need to fix the unbalanced approach to Medicare payments. 

“When post-acute care settings provide similar services to similar patients, they should be reimbursed at a similar amount. MedPAC has reaffirmed what we have all known for some time, that providers are paid differently simply because of their setting. A site-neutral payment system would focus on the patient and their needs, regardless of setting, and encourage all settings to provide efficient, high-quality care. 

“We look forward to working with MedPAC to advance their recommendation for a site-neutral payment system to better benefit patients and taxpayers alike.”

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