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MedPAC Calls for Medicare Doc Pay Fix

The federal agency that advises Congress on Medicare reimbursement issues has identified fixing the manner in which Medicare pays physicians as its number one policy priority.

In its annual report to Congress, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission made a wide range of policy recommendations but singled out the so-called Medicare doc fix as its top priority.  The cost of such a solution, it noted, has been reduced by the Congressional Budget Office from a previously estimated $300 billion to $138 billion.

MedPAC also noted that it has offered recommendations for achieving $100 billion worth of savings but that those recommendations have not yet been adopted.

This is becoming an increasingly important issue for many of the nation’s private urban safety-net hospitals as they invest more heavily in physician practices.

Read more about MedPAC’s March 2013 report to Congress and testimony before the House Ways and Means Committee in this article from CQ HealthBeat presented by the Commonwealth Fund.  Go heremedpac-logo.Par.0001.Image for links to a fact sheet on the MedPAC report and the entire 435-page document.

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