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MedPAC Meets

Last week the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission met in Washington, D.C. to discuss a number of Medicare payment issues.

The issues on MedPAC’s October agenda were:

  • managing prescription opioid use in Medicare Part D
  • opioids and alternatives in hospital settings: payments, incentives, and Medicare data
  • Medicare payment policies for advanced practice registered nurses and physicians
  • Medicare’s role in the supply of primary care physicians
  • Medicare payments for services provided in inpatient psychiatric facilities
  • episode-based payments and outcome measures under a unified payment system for post-acute care
  • Medicare policy issues related to non-urgent and emergency care

Go here for links to the policy briefs and presentations that supported MedPAC’s discussion of these issues.

MedPAC is an independent congressional agency that advises Congress on issues involving the Medicare program.  While its recommendations are not binding on either Congress or the administration, MedPAC is highly influential in governing circles and its recommendations often find their way into legislation, regulations, and new public policy.

MedPAC Meets

Last week the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission held two days of public meetings in Washington, D.C.

During the sessions MedPAC, a non-partisan legislative branch agency that advises Congress on Medicare payment issues, addressed the following subjects:

  • a Medicare Advantage status report
  • a Medicare prescription drug program (Part D) status report
  • hospital inpatient and outpatient payments
  • physician payments
  • ambulatory surgical center, dialysis center, and hospice payments
  • post-acute care facility payments
  • the hospital readmissions reduction program
  • telehealth
  • accountable care organizations

Go here to see the issue briefs and presentations used during the meetings.

MedPAC Meets

Last week the independent agency that advises Congress on Medicare payment issues met for two days in Washington, D.C.

new medpacAmong the issues on the agenda of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission were:

  • payments for hospital inpatient and outpatient services, ambulatory surgery centers, dialysis facilities, and hospice care
  • payments for post-acute-care providers
  • a unified payment system for post-acute-care services
  • Medicare Advantage
  • Medicare Part B and Part D payments
  • Medicare-covered primary care services
  • implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015

Go here for links to the issue briefs and presentations used at the MedPAC meeting and for a transcript of the meeting.

MedPAC Meets, Considers Issues

Members of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) met last week in Washington, D.C. to discuss policies and potential recommendations to Congress on a number of Medicare payment issues.

new medpacAmong the issues on the agenda were:

  • developing a unified payment system for post-acute care
  • telehealth services
  • improving Medicare Part D
  • Part B drug payment policies
  • improving the efficiency of oncology care in the Medicare fee-for-service program
  • using competitive pricing to set beneficiary premiums in the Medicare Advantage and Medicare fee-for-service programs

MedPAC is an independent agency that recommends Medicare payment policies to Congress. Its recommendations are not binding but are highly respected.

Go here for links to the issue briefs and presentations used to guide MedPAC’s deliberations during last week’s two-day meeting.

MedPAC Calls for Equalization of Some Post-Acute-Care Payments

The agency that advises Congress on Medicare payment policies has voted to recommend that Medicare equalize payments to skilled nursing facilities and inpatient rehabilitation facilities.

At a recent meeting in Washington, D.C., the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) concluded that in areas where there is overlap in the services provided by different types of post-acute-care facilities, Medicare payments should be the same regardless of the facility where the services are provided.

new medpacSpecifically, MedPAC voted to recommend that payments to skilled nursing facilities and inpatient rehabilitation facilities be the same for five orthopedic conditions and 17 other orthopedic, pulmonary, cardiac, and infection-related conditions.

MedPAC’s recommendations to Congress are advisory only and are not binding either on Congress or the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which sets Medicare payment policies.

See the MedPAC issue brief on this subject here and the presentation made to MedPAC members here.