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MedPAC Meets

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission met in Washington, D.C. last week to discuss a number of issues on which it is contemplating advising Congress.

new medpacThose issues were:

  • the role of Medicare policy in provider consolidation
  • stand-alone ERs
  • payments from drug and device manufacturers to physicians and teaching hospitals
  • determining benchmarks and beneficiary premiums under a premium support system for Medicare
  • Medicare outlier payments and hospital charging practices
  • Medicare Advantage: calculating benchmarks and coding intensity
  • population-based outcome measures: healthy days at home and potentially preventable admissions and ER visits

Go here to see the issue briefs and presentations associated with MedPAC commissioners’ discussions about these issues.

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