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Message on December MedPAC Meeting

To:         NHPCO Members
From:    Edo Banach, President and CEO
Date:     December 7, 2018

Today, during the December meeting of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, the MedPAC commissioners considered a draft recommendation to reduce the fiscal year 2020 Medicare payment rate for hospice by two percent. This recommendation is a departure from recent years when MedPAC recommended a 0 percent update for hospice reimbursement.

I want to let our membership know that NHPCO leadership is developing a strategy for addressing all of the MedPAC recommendations for hospice that will eventually be released in a report.  Additionally, it can be helpful to remind members that MedPAC is an advisory body to Congress and does not change policy on its own accord.

NHPCO is keenly aware of the impact such a cut would have on patients and families. Please rest assured that NHPCO is working on this critically important issue.