The independent federal agency that advises Congress on Medicare payment issues discussed several issues of great importance to private safety-net hospitals at its December 10 meeting in Washington, D.C.

new medpacDuring the course of a discussion about FY 2017 Medicare inpatient and outpatient payment increases, the commissioners of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) also considered staff recommendations that would alter the section 340B prescription drug discount program and Medicare disproportionate share hospital payments (Medicare DSH).

Medicare DSH and the 340B program are essential to private safety-net hospitals.

NAUH members have received a memo describing the proposals MedPAC commissioners discussed at their meeting. Representatives of private safety-net hospitals can request a copy of that memo by using the “contact us” link on this page.