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 November agenda were:

  • MedPAC’s mandated report on long-term care hospitals
  • patient functional assessment data used in Medicare payment and quality measurement
  • modifying advanced alternative payment model (A-APM) payments
  • modifying the Medicare-dependent hospital program
  • promoting greater Medicare-Medicaid integration in dual-eligible special-needs plans
  • the Medicare Advantage quality bonus program
  • Medicare Advantage encounter data

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.

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