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For the record: MedPAC’s response to AHIP’s recent “Correcting the Record” blog post

A recent blog post (“Correcting the Record”) from America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) provides an inaccurate description of how the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) compares spending in the Medicare Advantage (MA) program to Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) spending. The blog questions MedPAC’s long-standing assessment that, when properly compared, Medicare spends more overall for enrollees in… Read more »

MedPAC’s comments on the proposed ESRD Treatment Choices Model

In July 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed a mandatory End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Treatment Choices (ETC) Model that aimed to increase the use of home dialysis by beneficiaries with ESRD, and increase kidney transplantation among adult ESRD beneficiaries (“Medicare Program: Specialty Care Models to Improve Quality of Care and Reduce Expenditures,” Federal… Read more »

Update: MedPAC’s evaluation of Medicare’s Hospital Readmission Reduction Program

In the 21st Century Cures Act of 2016, Congress mandated that MedPAC examine the effects of Medicare’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP). Created by Congress in 2010, the HRRP penalizes hospitals with high rates of readmission for a selected set of conditions (pneumonia, acute myocardial infarction (AMI), heart failure, hip and knee replacement, chronic obstructive… Read more »

MedPAC announces public meeting schedule for 2019-2020 cycle

The Commission is excited to announce its public meeting schedule for the upcoming 2019-2020 cycle! September 5-6, 2019October 3-4, 2019November 7-8, 2019December 5-6, 2019January 16-17, 2020March 5-6, 2020April 2-3, 2020 Meeting agendas will be available a few days in advance of each meeting. All meetings will occur at: The Ronald Reagan Building, International Trade CenterHorizon… Read more »

The Hospital Value Incentive Program: Measuring and rewarding meaningful hospital quality

In January 2019, the Commission recommended the Congress replace the four current hospital quality payment programs with a single alternative program—the Hospital Value Incentive Program (HVIP). The HVIP encourages the delivery of better-quality hospital care for beneficiaries, catalyzes change in the delivery system, considers differences in providers’ patient populations, and reduces provider burden.