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Medicare Payment Policy: MedPAC Recommendations to Congress

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) - the influential independent Congressional agency charged with advising Congress on a wide range of Medicare policy issues - has released its Medicare payment policy recommendations for 2009. The 355-page report includes a weath of information for those tracking Medicare provider or health plan issues, particularly annual provider payment updates, reforms to Medicare...

Medicare Advantage: Value of Extra Benefits Offered by Medicare Advantage Health Plans

Enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans has jumped 63 percent since 2005. Over 22 percent of all Medicare beneficiaries - 8.8 million total - now receive their Medicare Part A and Part B benefits through a private health plan instead of the traditional fee-for-service system. About 88 percent of all Medicare Advantage plan enrollees also receive their Part D drug...

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