House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) today announced that the Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (MedPAC) June report to the Congress. The report details the Commission’s recommendations for reforming Medicare payment policies. The Subcommittee will hear from MedPAC’s Executive Director, Mark E. Miller, Ph.D. The hearing will take place on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in 1100 Longworth House Office Building, beginning at 10:00 A.M.
In view of the limited time available, oral testimony at this hearing will be from the invited witness only. However, any individual or organization not scheduled for an oral appearance may submit a written statement for consideration by the Committee and for inclusion in the printed record of the hearing.
MedPAC advises Congress on Medicare payment policy. The Commission is required by law to submit two reports to Congress on an annual basis. The first report reviews Medicare payment policies and is due by March 15. The second report examines specific issues facing Medicare and is due by June 15.
In its June 2014 report, MedPAC examines:
- The need to compare Medicare’s policies across traditional fee-for-service, Medicare Advantage, and Accountable Care Organizations;
- Policy options for financial assistance for low-income beneficiaries in the context of its June 2012 recommendation to restructure the Medicare benefit design;
- Whether changes to Medicare’s risk adjustment methodology, which accounts for severity of patient illness, can improve payment accuracy;
- Payment changes to bolster primary care and ensure access to these services;
- How payments to Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs) and Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) differ for the treatment of similar patients; and
- The impact of improved medication adherence on overall Medicare spending.
In announcing the hearing, Chairman Brady stated, “It is our duty to make sure we have a strong Medicare program that works for seniors and taxpayers. MedPAC is a key advisor in this effort. I am pleased that the Commission continues to call attention to the need to improve Medicare’s benefit design. This commonsense step would modernize the Medicare benefit so it looks more like other health plans. I commend the Commission for highlighting the need to compare fee-for-service to Medicare Advantage and other payment system options. We owe it to our seniors to provide an apples-to-apples comparison of quality and cost of these options in their geographic area. This hearing enables the Committee to hear MedPAC’s valuable insights on these and other important issues.”
FOCUS OF THE HEARING:
The hearing will focus on MedPAC’s June 2014 Report to Congress.
DETAILS FOR SUBMISSION OF WRITTEN COMMENTS:
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