WASHINGTON, DC – House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Pat Tiberi (R-OH) today announced that the Subcommittee will hold a hearing entitled “The Evolution of Quality in Medicare Part A” on Wednesday, September 7, at 2:00 PM in room 1100 of the Longworth House Office Building. At the hearing, Members will examine whether existing Medicare policies are incentivizing hospitals to deliver high-quality, cost-efficient care. Members will also discuss opportunities to improve Medicare so the program can serve current and future beneficiaries while also ensuring taxpayer dollars are well spent.
Upon announcing the hearing, Chairman Tiberi said:
“As we work to ensure both current seniors and future generations have access to quality health care in the Medicare program, we are also looking for the best way to reform the system to ensure we are incentivizing quality.
“Last year, Congress undertook massive reforms to the way Medicare pays physicians – moving from quantity to quality. Now, this Committee is continuing that effort by looking at the Medicare Part A or hospital system. This hearing will look at where we have been, where we are, and where we are going to ensure we incentivize quality in the Medicare system. Specifically, we will explore lessons learned from existing pay-for-performance systems in the hospital inpatient setting and how we can apply those to future payment reforms, including in the post-acute care setting.”