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Commission Recommendations

MedPAC makes recommendations to the Congress and to the Secretary of Health and Human Services on issues affecting the administration of the Medicare program. With its recommendations, the Commission strives to improve the delivery of care, while ensuring financial stability and maximizing value for the program. After extensive analysis and evaluation, our recommendations are discussed and voted on by Commissioners in our public meetings. Recommendations are typically published in two main reports, released in March and June of each year.

Recommendations Topic(s) Date

Hospital inpatient and outpatient services

For fiscal year 2023, the Congress should update the 2022 Medicare base payment rates for acute care hospitals by the amount specified in current law.

  • Hospital

March 2022

Physician and other health professional services (1)

For calendar year 2023, the Congress should update the 2022 Medicare base payment rate for physician and other health professional services by the amount determined under current law.

  • Physicians and other health professionals

March 2022

Physician and other health professional services (2)

The Secretary should require that clinicians use a claims modifier to identify audio-only telehealth services.

  • Physicians and other health professionals

March 2022

Ambulatory surgical center services (1)

For calendar year 2023, the Congress should eliminate the update to the 2022 Medicare conversion factor for ambulatory surgical centers.

  • Ambulatory care settings

March 2022

Ambulatory surgical center services (2)

The Secretary should require ambulatory surgical centers to report cost data.

  • Ambulatory care settings

March 2022

Outpatient dialysis services

For calendar year 2023, the Congress should update the 2022 Medicare end-stage renal disease prospective payment system base rate by the amount determined under current law.

  • Ambulatory care settings

March 2022

Skilled nursing facility services

For fiscal year 2023, the Congress should reduce the 2022 Medicare base payment rates for skilled nursing facilities by 5 percent.

  • Post-acute care

March 2022

Home health care services (1)

For calendar year 2023, the Congress should reduce the 2022 Medicare base payment rates for home health agencies by 5 percent.

  • Post-acute care

March 2022

Home health care services (2)

The Secretary should require that home health agencies report telehealth services provided during a 30-day period.

  • Post-acute care

March 2022

Inpatient rehabilitation facility services

For fiscal year 2023, the Congress should reduce the 2022 Medicare base payment rate for inpatient rehabilitation facilities by 5 percent.

  • Post-acute care

March 2022