MedPAC Pushes Inflation-Based Medicare Rates

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission is calling on Congress in a drafted recommendation to update its 2024 Medicare-based physician payment rates for 2025 by the existing amount under law plus 50% of the Medicare Economic Index’s projected increase. “CMS currently forecast a 2.6 percent increase in the MEI for 2025. If this forecast stays the same, the update would be 1.3 percent over current law,” a spokesperson for MedPAC said during its Dec. 7 and 8 meeting.

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