Regional Medicare Pay Adjustments Won't Work, Report Says

Law360, New York (March 22, 2013, 2:56 PM EDT) -- Adjusting Medicare payments on a regional basis would be unlikely to improve value for payments or the quality of medical care under the program, because care decisions and value are provider-specific and not geographically consistent, according to a report released Friday.

The report, commissioned by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and written by nongovernmental policy group the Institute of Medicine, questions using a geographic value index to adjust payments, saying do so would unfairly reward poorly performing providers or harm efficient providers, without effectively...
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