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MedPAC Chairman Testifies on Annual Report Recommendations to Congress

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On Tuesday, Glenn Hackbarth, Chairman of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), testified before the U.S. House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee on MedPAC’s June 2012 Report to Congress: Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System.  His testimony focused on recommendations for reforming Medicare’s benefit design and serving rural Medicare beneficiaries.  On the latter issue, Mr. Hackbarth said there is little difference in patients’ access to care from rural and urban providers in the same region, noting similar levels of Medicare service use between rural and urban beneficiaries. 

Mr. Hackbarth also testified that MedPAC supports examining existing special payment programs and add-ons for hospitals and making criteria for these programs more targeted.  However, MedPAC did not issue detailed recommendations to Congress for how to do so.

The June 2012 report also addresses care coordination for dual-eligible beneficiaries, issues for risk adjustment in Medicare Advantage, care coordination in fee-for-service Medicare, and Medicare coverage of and payment for home infusion therapy. Contact: Chelsi Stevens

Published June 21, 2012