The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has released its June 2012 Report to the Congress, which makes recommendations to Congress on Medicare payment policies for 2013.
The report includes chapters about Medicare’s benefit design, care coordination in fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare, improving care for beneficiaries dually-eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid (including recommendations to make the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) more effective and more widely available), and issues for risk adjustment in Medicare Advantage (MA). The report also includes two congressionally mandated reports concerning Medicare in rural areas and home infusion therapy.
MedPAC is also at work on a mandated report to Congress on options to reform the payment system for outpatient therapy services. In preparing this report, the Commission has convened an expert panel to meet this summer. We are pleased to note that the panel includes two occupational therapists, Elizabeth Skidmore and Trudy Mallinson. Earlier this year AOTA submitted a comment letter to MedPAC on this matter, available here (members only).
Fact sheet on MedPAC’s June 2012 Report to the Congress
MedPAC June 2012 Report