Medicare Pay Needs Regional Adjustments, MedPAC Says

Law360, New York (October 9, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT) -- The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission recommended Thursday that Congress allow a long-delayed Medicare payment adjustment for doctors and other health care professionals go into effect, but said more study was needed before setting a final rate for the geographically based adjustment.

MedPAC said at a public meeting there was no evidence a temporary freeze to the physician geographic practice adjustment had improved beneficiaries’ access to care or the quality of care they received. The adjustment, a change to the Medicare physician fee schedule first mandated in...
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