Monday Briefing: MedPAC Urges Sooner PPS Implementation

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To start, a MedPAC update: The Medical Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), the commission that advises on the financing and delivery of the U.S. health care system, said the new prospective payment system (PPS) for post-acute care could be implemented sooner than originally planned, according to records of the commission’s March meeting. The PPS could come as soon as 2021, with a three-year transition period, under MedPac’s new approach.

MedPAC will vote in April on its recommendations to Congress. Its recommendations are often not acted upon by policymakers.

In other news, an article in The Hill caught our eye with a big question—What will older Americans do if their paid caregivers lack health insurance? With major changes likely to come for the health care system as Congressional Republicans seek to repeal and replace Obamacare, paid caregivers could be among the first to lose health insurance.

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Written by Amy Baxter

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Amy Baxter
Assistant Editor at Home Health Care News
When not writing about all things home health, Amy fulfills her lifelong dream of becoming a pirate by sailing in regattas and enjoying rum. Fun fact: she sailed 333 miles across Lake Michigan in the Chicago Yacht Club "Race to Mackinac."