A congressional advisory panel on Friday moved to recommend that Medicare payments for nursing homes, home health agencies and inpatient rehabilitation facilities be cut by 5% in 2023, citing adequate reimbursement rates for the facilities.
Only long-term care hospitals would see a payment increase in 2023 under the draft recommendations adopted by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission on the final day of its December meeting. The panel’s draft recommendation calls for 2% increase in the Medicare base payment rate for long-term hospitals, minus an applicable productivity adjustment.
Final commission recommendations will be voted on in January 2022. All final recommendations for 2023 will be included in the commission’s March 2022 report to Congress on Medicare payment policy.