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Peering into the MedPAC crystal ball for the future of Medicare payments

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Peering into the MedPAC crystal ball for the future of Medicare payments

Listen to Health Affairs' Leslie Erdelack and Jessica Bylander discuss the recent Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act and the latest report from MedPAC.
June 17, 2021

Peering into the MedPAC crystal ball for the future of Medicare payments

June is shaping to be a busy month in the health policy space. Two major events happened this week alone.

First, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) survived its latest legal challenge in the Supreme Court. After facing many court challenges, the 2010 policy is still the law of the land.

Also, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) sent a report to Congress on Tuesday making many recommendations to revamp Medicare payments. It’s recommendations are not binding but the group is influential in the health policy community. In the report, the advisory group called for streamlining alternative payment models (APMs) and changing how Medicare Advantage benchmarks are calculated.

On this episode of Health Affairs This Week, Senior Editors Leslie Erdelack and Jessica Bylander discuss the recent Supreme Court decision and try and demystify what MedPAC is and highlight some of the agency’s recommendations from the recent report.

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