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Advising the Congress on Medicare issues
MedPAC > Recommendations > Medicare’s post-acute care: Trends and ways to rationalize payments

Medicare’s post-acute care: Trends and ways to rationalize payments

March 13, 2015

The Congress should direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to eliminate the differences in payment rates between inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) and skilled nursing facilities for selected conditions. The reductions to IRF payments should be phased in over three years. IRFs should receive relief from regulations specifying the intensity and mix of services for site-neutral conditions.

Topics: Delivery system reforms and Post-acute care.