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MedPac's Newest Recommendations to Congress on Medicare
posted at June 19, 2012 10:06 AM EDT
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Reuters June 15, 2012: U.S. agency urges new charge for Medicare patients
Like it or not, change is coming and I think relatively fast and this is whether or not the ACA survives. This seems to be a balanced approach - beneficiaries having more skin in the game upfront but yet a cap on annual out of pocket.
But what can we do for those whom the government is paying it all under the extra-help category or being a dual eligible?
I still don't understand the difference in MEDPAC (been around a long time) and the IPAB (as established by the ACA). The main difference as I see it is that the IPAB setup has a bit more clout but how much more, I don't know.
Seems these are the type recommendations both groups of government appointed recommenders would be making to control cost in Medicare and Medicaid.
I also wonder if changes such as this come about, if more beneficiaries would go the MA route?
What do you think?