March 19, 2021
MedPAC Releases March Report to Congress
This week, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) released a report with recommendations to policy makers on telehealth, Medicare Advantage and Medicare payments. Among the recommendations was for CMS to extend the current COVID-19 telehealth flexibilities for two years beyond the pandemic in order to collect data on the cost of providing these services. MedPAC also stated that it does not anticipate any long-term effects related to the public health emergency that would warrant changing the annual update to Medicare’s fee schedule for 2022. Although policy makers are not required to adopt MedPAC’s recommendations, these are always well taken into consideration. For an outline of all recommendations, view page 511 of the report.