Last week the commissioners serving on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) met in Washington, D.C. to discuss the group’s future recommendations to Congress.

While MedPAC’s recommendations are not binding on Congress or the administration, they are highly respected and often find themselves worked into new law or regulations.

Among the issues MedPAC addressed during two days of public meetings were:

  • Medicare inpatient and outpatient payments
  • the Medicare Advantage program star rating system
  • payments to ambulatory surgery centers, skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and long-term care hospitals
  • payments for physician services, home health services, hospice care, and outpatient dialysis

Find issue briefs on each subject, and copies of the presentations MedPAC staff made to commissioners, here on MedPAC’s web site.