Last month the Medicare Payment Advisory Committee (MedPAC) hosted a two-day meeting assessing payments provided under Medicare for acute care hospitals, long-term care hospitals, physician services, ambulatory surgical centers, hospices, skilled nursing facilities, home health, dialysis, and inpatient rehabilitation facilities. Among the proposals discussed at the meeting, MedPAC discussed its draft payment recommendations for hospitals that would reduce certain outpatient rates to rates similar to those provided for services at physician offices, reduce long-term care hospital payments and instead apply those funds to additional outlier payments to acute care hospitals, and increase payments generally to acute care hospitals. The net increase in payments of 2.5 percent in 2016 would amount to 2.25 percent over current law. MedPAC will vote on the recommendations in January and publish its final report in March. Slides from the meeting are available here, and a transcript of the meeting is available here.