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Issues of High Interest to SCAI Members in MedPAC's March Report to Congress

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On March 15, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) released its March 2018 Report to Congress regarding Medicare payment policy. The report includes MedPAC's recommendations for how Congress should update payment rates in fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare for 2019. MedPAC is recommending that the payment rates for acute-care hospitals (inpatient and outpatient services) and for physicians and other healthcare professionals should be updated by the amount determined under current law, which is projected to be 1.25 percent and 0.25 percent, respectively. The report also recommends the elimination of the MIPS program. Based on several concerns detailed in SCAI's "Highlights of MedPAC Report," SCAI will continue to closely monitor these developments and is actively engaged through the Alliance of Specialty Medicine in pursuit of a meeting with Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to discuss our concerns with this MedPAC report. more

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