The independent federal agency that advises Congress on Medicare payment issues held its monthly public meeting in Washington, D.C.

new medpacDuring the two days of meetings, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) discussed its work on six specific issues:

  • developing a unified payment system for post-acute care
  • a preliminary analysis of Medicare Advantage encounter data for Part B services
  • factors affecting variation in Medicare Advantage plan star ratings
  • Medicare drug spending
  • emergency department services provided at stand-alone facilities
  • payments from drug and device manufacturers to physicians and teaching hospitals

Each discussion was accompanied by an issue brief and a presentation; find those documents here.