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MedPAC Meeting on Medicare Policy (April 2-3, 2015)

On April 2-3, 2015, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) is meeting to discuss various Medicare policy issues, including...more

MedPAC Issues March 2015 Report to Congress on Medicare Payment Policies

On March 13, 2015, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) issued its annual report to the Congress on Medicare payment policies (Report). The Report includes recommendations for inflation updates and payment...more

MedPAC Report to Congress on Medicare Policy

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has released its annual recommendations to Congress on Medicare policies, including Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) payment updates and a status report on the Medicare...more

New Postings on the Reed Smith Health Industry Washington Watch Blog

The Reed Smith Health Industry Washington Watch blog has been updated to report on recent health policy developments, including the following...more

MedPAC Approves Draft Recommendations To Reform RAC Program

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) voted unanimously on March 5, 2015, to approve draft recommendations to reform the Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) program as part of a way to update Medicare policies related...more

Washington Healthcare Update

1. Congress - House - House Republican Working Group Outlines King v. Burwell “Off-Ramp” Plan The House Republican Health Care Working Group has released an outline of policies they would support if the...more

MedPAC Voices Concerns about Growing Volume, Burden of Medicare Quality Measures

In December 2014, CMS released a 329-page list of quality measures under consideration for the Medicare program. In a January 13, 2015 comment letter, MedPAC observes that volume of measures under consideration “reinforces...more

Health Headlines: Also in the News - January 2015

MACS to Hold Certain 2015 Date-of-Service Claims – CMS announced on December 29, 2014, that Medicare Administrative Contractors will hold claims containing 2015 services paid under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS)...more

Hospitals Should Be Aware of ACA Requirement to “Make Public” Their “Standard Charges”

A provision of the Affordable Care Act includes a requirement that hospitals disclose their standard charges to the public. 42 U.S.C. § 300gg-18(e) states that “[e]ach hospital operating within the United States shall for...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update

Over the past several days, the second open enrollment period through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) health insurance exchanges began; Republican lawmakers, now with majorities in both the House and the Senate, explored...more

MedPAC Considering Changes to Hospital Short-Stay Policies and Associated RAC Audits

Last week at its monthly meeting, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) discussed current issues with hospital short-stay policies. Specifically, MedPAC discussed the possibility of reducing the incentive to admit...more

Health Care Update - September 2014 #4

In This Issue: - Policymakers Continue Bi-partisan Push to Accelerate ACO Evolution - Implementation of the Affordable Care Act - Other Federal Regulatory Initiatives - Other Congressional and...more

Health Reform + Related Health Policy News - September 2014, Issue 1

In This Issue: - Top News ..The Congressional Agenda is Light as the Focus Shifts to the Midyear Elections ..Physician Supervision Requirement for Small and Rural Hospitals ..CMS Offers Hospitals...more

Health Headlines: Also in the News - September 2014 #3

Congressman Sends Letter to Secretary of HHS Urging Her to Retract CMS’s Global Settlement Offer – On September 15, 2014, Congressman Kevin Brady (R-Tex), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, sent a...more

House Passes Bill Requiring Post-Acute Providers to Collect Patient Assessment Data

The House recently passed its version of The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014 (H.R. 4994/S. 2553), which would require various post-acute providers, including inpatient rehabilitation...more

Health Headlines: Also in the News - June 2014 #3

MedPAC Recommends Short- and Long-Term ACO Changes – In a comment letter sent to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner on June 16, 2014, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) outlined certain challenges associated...more

MedPAC Report Addresses Synchronizing Medicare Policy Across Payment Models

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recently released its biannual report to Congress. In the report, MedPAC addresses synchronizing Medicare policy across payment models. ...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) received a great deal of attention this past week in Washington. The House held numerous hearings on implementation issues, including oversight of access to care for ACA enrollees and improper...more

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - April 2014

Last Thursday Kathleen Sebelius resigned from her post as Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). On Friday President Obama nominated Sylvia Matthews Burwell, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director. As...more

MedPAC Releases Annual Report on Medicare Payments

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recently submitted its annual report on Medicare payments to Congress. The report analyzes Medicare payment policy and makes payment update recommendations relating to...more

MedPAC Recommends Reduction To Hospital Outpatient Department, LTCH Payment Rates, Increases To Inpatient Acure Care Hospital...

On January 16, the Medicare Payment Advisory Committee (MedPAC) unanimously voted to recommend that Congress direct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to...more

MedPAC Votes to Reduce Payments for Certain Hospital Outpatient Services to Levels Paid at Physician Offices

We reported in last week’s Health Headlines that the commissioners of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) voted unanimously on January 16, 2014 to recommend that Congress reduce hospital outpatient rates for...more

MedPAC Vote May Result in a 0.6 Percent Drop in Hospital Payments

News sources are reporting that the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) voted unanimously on January 16, 2014, to recommend that Congress narrow the differences in what Medicare pays providers depending on where a...more

Capital Thinking: Health Care

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - This Week’s Hearings: - Wednesday, January 15: The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs will hold a hearing titled “Vendors in the OR- VA’s Failed Oversight of Surgical Implants.” The House...more

MedPAC Issues Draft Recommendations For 2015 Medicare Payments

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) met on December 12-13, 2013, to discuss draft recommendations regarding 2015 payment updates for Medicare providers. MedPAC, which is responsible for issuing an annual...more

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