The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) approved a recommendation that ASCs receive a 0% increase in payment rates for 2016.
The commission once again approved a recommendation that ASCs be directed to report cost data. ASCA Chief Executive Officer Bill Prentice denounced the recommendation, stating, “MedPAC’s decision not to recommend any payment update for ASCs in 2016 is an insult to the thousands of ASCs that are saving the Medicare system billions of dollars by their very existence as an alternate site for outpatient surgical care.
In addition to the 0% increase in ASC payments, the commission recommended a 3.25% increase in payment rates for inpatient and outpatient hospitals in 2016. “Once again, the commissioners suggest that Medicare penalize the most efficient care provider in this market,” Prentice continued. “As ASCs strive every day to provide the highest possible levels of quality and patient safety to Medicare beneficiaries, MedPAC seeks to hamstring those efforts with this recommendation, letting ASC rates fall even farther behind those of other sites of service.”
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