As required by law, the independent federal agency that advises Congress on Medicare payment issues has transmitted its annual report to Congress with its observations, analysis, and policy recommendations.

The June 2015 report of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) addresses the following subjects:

  •  hospital short-stay policy
  • payment policies for Part B drugs
  • value-based incentives for Part B drugs
  • polypharmacy and opioid use
  • risk-sharing in Part D
  • synchronizing policy across Medicare’s various payment models
  • next steps in measuring quality
  • the next generation of Medicare beneficiaries

Find a fact sheet on the MedPAC report here and the complete report itself here.