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November 12, 2009:  At their November 5 public meeting, MedPAC (Medicare Payment Advisory Commission), discussed an analysis of hospice visit patterns. The data was collected to assist them in making recommendations for changes to the Medicare payment system for hospice services. Previously, MedPAC recommended changing the current flat per diem system of hospice payments to a system that is more U-shaped, allowing for higher payments at the beginning and end of service. You can find the brief and presentation on this page, as well as a link to send MedPAC your comments. (Pallimed has posted some more background here.)

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