DateJune 21, 2018
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MedPAC June 2018 Report Focuses on Emergency Department Access and Use

On June 15, 2018, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) issued its June 2018 Report to the Congress: Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System. As part of this report, MedPAC considered using payment to ensure appropriate access to and use of hospital emergency departments (EDs), and recommended two changes to Medicare payment for ED services. This report adds to Congress’ growing scrutiny of how current hospital payment policies affect access to care for rural communities, as well as the proliferation of off-campus EDs in urban areas.

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