MedPac Meeting March 2nd & 3rd, 2017

 

MedPac Meeting March 2-3, 2017

MedPac

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPac) has scheduled a meeting on March 2nd and 3rd of 2017 to discuss various aspects of the Medicare Program.  One of the topics included is implementing a unified payment system for post-acute care . This meeting is open to the public and they do set aside time (albeit minimal) for public comments and/or questions.

The reason that I am posting about this one is identified in the title of this post: Implementing a Unified Payment System for Post-Acute Care

This is but one topic to be covered throughout this meeting; but one of grave importance to post-acute care providers.  MedPac has allocated 75 minutes to this topic.  See agenda below.

Agenda

MedPac Meeting Agenda March 2-3, 2017

MedPac Meeting Agenda March 2-3, 2017

The above agenda identifies that the discussion on Implementing a unified payment system for post-acute care will lead off this meeting.  I know that that is not much notice.  However, I would think that it would be very important for members of the post-acute care community to attend to get some insights to what MedPac is thinking and what proposals they may have for Congress.

I believe all post-acute care providers should have significant reservations about this proposal; they do not even have a reasonable unified post-acute care admission set yet.  Additionally, those of us in home health need to be particularly concerned because of our experience with the poorly designed PPS reimbursement system.

Business Brief Regarding: Implementing a Unified Payment System for Post-Acute Care

MedPac Mtg Brief for March 2 & 3, 2017

MedPac Mtg Brief for March 2 & 3, 2017

Summary

It is important that everyone stay abreast of what MedPac proposes regarding Medicare as they advise and submit reports to Congress several times a year.

I would recommend that representatives from all segments of the post-acute care community attend this and any future meeting that affect this segment of Medicare.