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National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR)

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Introduction to Health Services Research : A Self-Study Course

Module 3: Selected Players (Federal and Private) (Page 5 of 27)

Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC)

Snapshot of the MedPAC home page. Click to visit the site. Close the open window to return to this page.

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission was established in 1997 by the merger of the Physician Payment Review Commission (PPRC) and the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission (ProPAC).

Created by congressional mandate (Public Law 105-33), the 15-member nonpartisan Commission advises the Congress on Medicare Payment policies.

Commission's Work

The Commission reviews payment policies and makes recommendations to Congress by March 1 of each year and submits a report to Congress by June 1 of each year regarding issues affecting the Medicare program.

In carrying out its functions the Commission uses existing information (both published and unpublished), when possible, as well as information collected and assessed by Commission staff members, or via grants or contracts for original research when existing information is inadequate.

MedPAC also encourages the public to submit relevant information that will be considered in making its report and recommendations to Congress. MedPAC holds regular meetings that are open to the public.

Notification Services

MedPAC maintains a mailing list to keep interested persons informed of its activities. This list sends out notices of publications posted to their Web site. To automatically receive hard copies of reports, enter your full contact information in the online form.

Discussion Questions

  1. Visit the MedPAC site and examine its recent reports and other publications. Would it be worth revisiting this page for the publications it issues?
  2. Why would you want to bookmark the MedPAC Data Book?
  3. Visit the MedPAC site map. Listed in the Research areas link is a long list of research areas of interest. Are any of those research areas of interest to researchers you serve?
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