Advising Congress on Medicare
MedPAC is the primary advisory body for Congress on issues affecting the Medicare program and also analyzes access to care and quality of care, among other issues affecting Medicare. How is CHIBE helping advise Congress on these issues?
Dr. Amol Navathe serves as the Vice Chair of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). He and the Commission have sought to bring down prescription drug costs in the Medicare Part B program, making recommendations to Congress such as reducing add-on payments for Part B drugs (to remove a potential incentive for clinicians to prescribe higher-priced drugs). The Commission also has recommended increasing the Medicare base payment rate for clinicians and providing financial incentives to those caring for low-income Medicare beneficiaries. MedPAC also took on foundational work on providing payments to the safety-net and reforming that financing system.