PFM Co-Chair Letter to CMS on Proposed MA Rate Cuts

March 4, 2015
 
Andrew Slavitt
Acting Administrator
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, D.C. 20201
 
Re: Advance Notice of Methodological Changes for Calendar Year (CY) 2016 for Medicare Advantage (MA) Capitation Rates, Part C and Part D Payment Policies and 2016 Call Letter
 
Dear Mr. Slavitt:
 

PFM Co-chairs' Letter to CMS on Proposed Changes to Medicare Advantage

February 28, 2013

Marilyn Tavenner
Acting Administrator
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20201

Re:       Advance Notice of Methodological Changes for Calendar Year (CY) 2014 for Medicare Advantage (MA) Capitation Rates, Part C and Part D Payment Policies and 2014 Call Letter

Dear Ms. Tavenner:

Testimony of Kavita K. Patel M.D., M.S., Fellow and Managing Director, The Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform at the Brookings Institution

Chairman Baucus, Ranking Member Hatch and members of the Committee, thank you for this opportunity to highlight ways to advance physician payment reforms in Medicare. The Medicare program retains a strong commitment to provide care to approximately 50 million beneficiaries across the country; a key partner in the provision of this care are the 900,000 healthcare providers who see beneficiaries in medical offices, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and other settings.Report to the Congress: Medicare Payment Policy. Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.

Partner Letter to Congress

PFM's partners represent the interests of a variety of people – the elderly, disabled, chronically ill, and those living in rural settings – many of whom rely on Medicare. In the wake of the recent government shutdown, pressure on Congress to reach agreement and pass a budget before the end of the year will arguably be stronger than ever, and PFM and its partners fear that Medicare will, once again, become a target for indiscriminate cuts.

PFM Letter on 2015 Medicare Advantage Payments and the Need for Stability

PFM was established with the goal of convening a diverse group of stakeholders to generate bi-partisan solutions for Medicare reform – specifically, around improving quality of care for beneficiaries and lowering costs in the program. We are concerned that CMS is not utilizing its authority to institute stable rate adjustments that consider the cumulative effect of existing policies and payment changes impacting the MA program, and ultimately the entire Medicare program and beneficiary population.

For the full letter, click here.

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