MedPAC recommends 3.3% payment boost for hospitals in 2021

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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission voted unanimously Jan. 16 to recommend a 3.3 percent raise in Medicare payments for hospitals next year.

The commission said it wants to give hospitals a 2 percent boost overall and tie the other 1.3 percent to quality metrics to motivate hospitals to reduce mortality and improve patient satisfaction.

CMS has scheduled a 2.8 percent increase in 2021 Medicare payments.

MedPAC said it is recommending the payment boost to reduce the disparity in payments at different care sites and is part of a larger effort to introduce site-neutral payments.

Congress is not required to implement the recommendation.

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