MedPAC Releases Report on Medicare and Health Care Delivery System

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

On June 15, 2021, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission released “its June 2021 Report to the Congress: Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System.  Each June, as part of its mandate from the Congress, MedPAC reports on issues affecting the Medicare program as well as broader changes in health care delivery and the market for health care services.” 

The 4-page News Release provides a synopsis of the 10 chapters in this report:

  • Rebalancing Medicare Advantage benchmark policy
  • Streamlining CMS’s portfolio of alternative payment models
  • Congressional request: Private equity and Medicare
  • Mandated report: Evaluating the skilled nursing facility value-based purchasing program
  • Congressional request: Medicare beneficiaries’ access to care in rural areas
  • Revising Medicare’s indirect medical education payments to better reflect teaching hospitals’ costs
  • Medicare vaccine coverage and payment
  • Improving Medicare’s policies for separately payable drugs in the hospital outpatient prospective payment system
  • Mandated report: Assessing the impact of recent changes to Medicare’s clinical laboratory fee schedule payment rates
  • Mandated report: Relationship between clinician services and other Medicare services

You can access the full report here.  This landing page also provides other documents that may be of interest to you and your team: