The independent agency that advises Congress on Medicare payment issues has upgraded its tools for communicating with Congress and the health care community.

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has launched a blog and a Twitter feed.

According to MedPAC, the blog

…will be a mechanism for sharing information about MedPAC’s work and activities in a quicker, less formal, and more wired format than our traditional reports to Congress.  The blog – written by MedPAC staff – is intended to be a resource for Congressional staff and other consumers of our work and will complement our public meetings and formal publications.

MedPAC’s actions have a significant impact on urban safety-net hospitals.
Find MedPAC’s new blog at

Interested parties also can follow MedPAC on Twitter @medicarepayment.