The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, at its meeting on Thursday, approved several Medicare policy recommendations that will appear in its June report to Congress.
The congressional advisory panel will recommend that CMS simplify its approach to alternative payment models. Commissioners approved an updated version of the recommendation presented by MedPAC’s staff at last month’s meeting.
CMS “should implement a more harmonized portfolio of fewer alternative payment models that are designed to work together to support the strategic objectives of reducing spending and improving quality,” the recommendation said.
MedPAC’s commissioners and staff in past meetings emphasized that CMS’ Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovations should adjust its approach to testing new ways to pay providers because they haven’t lived up to their promise.