MedPAC Issues 2015 Report to Congress

MedPAC Issues 2015 Report to Congress


Last week, MedPAC – the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission – issued its annual report to Congress on the Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) payment systems, the Medicare Advantage  program, and the Medicare prescription drug program (Part D). In announcing the 433-page report, MedPAC highlighted its focus on finding ways to “provide high-quality care for Medicare beneficiaries at lower costs to the program” through “payment adequacy analyses.” Here are a few of the points from the report that caught our attention:

It’s important to note that none of these changes will occur overnight and will take some real discussion.  MedPAC's recommendations are not binding, but Congress and CMS often take into account MedPAC's report when updating Medicare payment policies.

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