HomeLatest NewsFederal NewsMedPAC Issues Draft Recommendations for 2021

MedPAC Issues Draft Recommendations for 2021

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) issued its draft recommendations for each of the Medicare fee-for-service payment systems, as required by law. These recommendations, directed at Congress and the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, are for calendar year (CY) and federal fiscal year (FFY) 2021. MedPAC will meet in January to vote on its recommendations.

MedPAC’s specific draft recommendations include:

  • Hospital inpatient and outpatient payments: For 2021, Congress should update the FFY 2021 Medicare base payment rates for acute care hospitals by 2%. The commission further recommends the establishment of a new Hospital Value Incentive Program (HVIP), which would replace the Readmissions Reduction Program, Hospital-Acquired Conditions Program, and the value-based purchasing programs. Under the new HVIP, the commission recommends that Congress further update the FFY 2021 Medicare base payment rates by an amount equal to 0.8% of the 2021 inpatient and outpatient payments to hospitals. The commission continues to discuss the appropriateness of an increase of 2.8% and whether the recommendation for the HVIP should be separate. The commission expressed concern that Congress would not act to create the new HVIP in time for FFY 2021.​

The slide presentations with the analysis of each payment system presented by MedPAC staff are available online; a transcript of the discussion will be available on the website within a few days.


Stay Connected

Unified Voice Newsletter

Events This Month


30may11:00 am12:00 pmEmployee Accountability: How to Address Problem Behaviors and AttitudesSDAHO Webinar

30may11:00 am12:00 pmExploring an Evidence-based Toolkit and Tailoring Messages to Specific Audiences

30may11:30 am12:30 pmSerious Illness DiscussionMJHS Hospice and Palliative Care Webinar

30may12:00 pm1:00 pmOverview of Proposed IPPS Rule (FY) 2025AHA Webinar

31may9:00 am3:00 pmEmpowerED Leadership ConferenceSDAHEC Conference

By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: . You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact