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MedPAC Considers Post-Acute Payment System, Telehealth Services

The Medicare Payment and Advisory Commission (MedPAC) held its November meeting this week. For the first time, MedPAC considered polices on the use of telehealth in the Medicare program and initiated research on the subject, to be discussed in future meetings. MedPAC also held a session regarding the status of its congressionally mandated report on a unified cross-setting post-acute care (PAC) payment system. As required by the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act, MedPAC must submit a report to Congress by June 30, 2016, presenting an approach to the new payment system. The commission discussed a number of policy considerations, including the use of a third party to manage post-acute care, how to properly incentivize providers to improve care and the current post-acute care regulatory environment. MedPAC’s final session provided an update on dual-eligible demonstrations being conducted as part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Financial Alignment Initiative. MedPAC’s presentations are available at www.medpac.gov/-public-meetings-/meetingdetails/november-2015-public-meeting.

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