House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Wally Herger (R-CA) 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 and its payment policies. The Subcommittee will hear from MedPAC's Chairman, Glenn Hackbarth. The hearing will take place on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, in 1100 Longworth House Office Building, beginning at 10:00 A.M.
In view of the limited time available to hear the witness, 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 its second annual report on Medicare payment policies by June 15.
In its June report, MedPAC suggested reforming traditional Medicare benefit design to adjust beneficiary cost-sharing requirements and to encourage beneficiaries to be more involved in their care, providing illustrative options for improved patient cost sharing. The Commission also examined care coordination for dual-eligible beneficiaries, provided recommendations for improvement to the Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), reviewed the type of care provided through Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plans, and offered a critique of the demonstration program for dual-eligible beneficiaries currently being implemented by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Also included in MedPAC's June report is a statutorily-mandated examination of several topics related to Medicare beneficiaries residing in rural areas, including access to care, quality of care, adequacy of payment, and potential payment adjustments. The Commission did not supply recommendations in reviewing rural Medicare payment policies, but suggested principles to better inform Congress going forward.
In announcing the hearing, Chairman Herger stated, "Given the current fiscal issues facing the Medicare program, it is critical that the Committee ensures that taxpayer and beneficiary dollars are being spent appropriately. MedPAC's thoughts on reforming Medicare's benefit design are important as the Committee considers much needed and long-overdue structural improvements to the program. Similarly, as Congress explores how to address the needs of beneficiaries living in rural areas while fulfilling its responsibility to taxpayers, MedPAC's insight as to whether special provider payment adjustments are warranted is also helpful."
FOCUS OF THE HEARING:
The hearing will focus on MedPAC's June 2012 Report to Congress.
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