The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), the savvy nonpartisan shop that advises Congress on Medicare program issues, has updated its excellent series of primers. Extremely complex and changing constantly, Medicare payment policy will drive $479 billion in health spending in 2008. MedPAC’s primers, typically four crisply-written pages, explain the basic steps and methodologies Medicare uses to reimburse fee-for-service providers, Medicare Advantage plans, and Medicare prescription drug plans.

Here are MedPAC’s updated primers on the basics of Medicare reimbursement policy (click on links to open in PDF format):

Medicare Hospital Reimbursement:

Medicare Post-Acute Provider Reimbursement:

Medicare Physician Reimbursement:

Medicare Managed Care (Part C and Part D):

Other Medicare Reimbursement Policies: