MedPAC Response to a Congressional Request for Information on Improving Access to Health Care in Rural and Underserved Areas
Letter to the House Committee on Ways and Means request for information on improving access to healthcare in rural and underserved areas. Covers MedPAC recommendations for policies to target payments to better support rural and vulnerable beneficiaries' access to care, including the Rural Emergency Hospital program and a proposed Medicare Safety-Net Index; changes to the hospital wage index to address geographic inequities; and the alignment of payment rates across ambulatory settings for certain services.
Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
Access · Healthcare facilities · Hospitals · Medicare · Outpatient care · Policy · Reimbursement and payment models · Rural Emergency Hospitals · Rural-urban differences · Statistics and data