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MedPAC urges co-pays for home healthcare

from American Medical News

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has recommended more beneficiary cost-sharing for home health to address concerns about rises in utilization and spending in that sector of the Medicare program. MedPAC's annual March report to Congress suggests establishing a $150 co-pay per episode of home healthcare that is not preceded by hospitalization or a post-acute facility stay. Enrollees currently do not have a co-pay for these services. Recommendations by MedPAC are nonbinding, but Congress considers the panel's advice when enacting Medicare legislation. more

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