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MedPAC finalizes its proposed MIPS replacement

MedPAC finalizes its proposed MIPS replacement

By Virgil Dickson  |  December 07, 2017

An influential policy organization that advises Congress on Medicare issues has finalized a proposal to replace MIPS under MACRA. However, some commission members still question whether MIPS should be junked.

House lawmakers push back at MedPAC's proposed Medicare reforms

By Mara Lee  |  May 18, 2017

House lawmakers pushed back Thursday on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's calls to cut Medicare reimbursements to some kinds of providers, saying organizations in their districts tell them they could not survive with the proposed cuts.

MedPAC pushes for higher rates, but only for hospitals and doctors

By Virgil Dickson  |  December 09, 2016

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has suggested hospitals and doctors get payment bumps in 2018. Other sectors, including ambulatory surgery centers, skilled-nursing facilities and inpatient rehabilitation facilities, should get no increases, the group says.

MedPAC questions accuracy of hospital star-rating system

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 01, 2016

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has added its influential voice to those questioning the accuracy of the CMS' hospital quality star-rating system and whether or not it penalizes hospitals with the sickest patients. The panel, which advises Congress on Medicare spending, will develop its...

Editorial: An unfair DSH formula for safety net hospitals

Editorial: An unfair DSH formula for safety net hospitals

By Merrill Goozner  |  July 09, 2016

The CMS continues to adjust its formula for distributing disproportionate-share payments for safety net hospitals based on initial assumptions about insurance coverage under the ACA that have not panned out.

Changes loom as most-popular Medigap plans face extinction

By Bob Herman  |  June 25, 2016

A provision within the new Medicare physician payment law eliminates the most popular types of Medigap plans and therefore will lead to future Medigap enrollees paying more out of pocket for their medical care.

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