The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has released its June 2017 Report to Congress: Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System. This report includes, among other topics, a chapter focusing on implementing a unified payment system for post-acute care. Specifics in this chapter includes implementing a post-acute care prospective payment system (PAC PPS) beginning in 2021 with a three-year transition, lower aggregate payments by five percent, absent prior reductions to the levels of payments, start to align setting-specific regulatory requirements, and periodically revise and rebase payments to keep payments aligned with the cost of care.
Some of the topics included in the other chapters include Medicare Part B drug payment policy issues; redesigning the merit-based incentive payment system (MIPS) and strengthening advanced alternative payment models, etc. MedPAC also released a fact sheet on the report.