Members of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission met publicly last week in Washington, D.C.  Their agenda consisted of the following issues:

  • Rural hospital and clinician payment policy: A workplan for 2024–2025
  • Assessing data sources for measuring health care utilization by Medicare Advantage enrollees: Encounter data and other sources
  • Preliminary analysis of Medicare Advantage quality
  • Medicare’s Acute Hospital Care at Home program
  • Update on trends and issues in Medicare inpatient psychiatric services

Go here for a brief overview of each agenda item and links to the staff presentations on those issues and here for a transcript of the two-day meeting.

MedPAC is an independent congressional agency that advises Congress on issues involving Medicare. 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.