Next month MedPAC will likely vote to recommend that ambulatory surgical centers receive no increase in their Medicare payments in 2021.

Meeting last week in Washington, D.C., members of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission appeared to support strongly a staff recommendation to keep Medicare ambulatory surgical center payments where they are now – enough so to expedite resolution of the issue by voting on it at MedPAC’s next meeting, in mid-January.

MedPAC also will vote on a proposal to require ambulatory surgical centers to provide annual cost reports to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  CMS would use those reports to evaluate facility revenue and profits so it can better assess the adequacy of Medicare rates.

Learn more in the Becker’s ASC Review article “ASC pay increase for 2021 eliminated in MedPAC’s draft proposal.”