For Immediate Release
Washington, D.C. – The following is a statement from American Health Care Association (AHCA) President & CEO Mark Parkinson in response to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (MedPAC) Report to the Congress: Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System:
“Skilled nursing care centers continue to be encouraged by MedPAC’s steadfast pursuit of a site-neutral payment system for post-acute care. With their recommendation today, MedPAC is a welcome addition to a long list of policymakers who support the need to fix the unbalanced approach to Medicare payments.
“When post-acute care settings provide similar services to similar patients, they should be reimbursed at a similar amount. MedPAC has reaffirmed what we have all known for some time, that providers are paid differently simply because of their setting. A site-neutral payment system would focus on the patient and their needs, regardless of setting, and encourage all settings to provide efficient, high-quality care.
“We look forward to working with MedPAC to advance their recommendation for a site-neutral payment system to better benefit patients and taxpayers alike.”
The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 13,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit www.ahca.org or www.ncal.org.