Payment issues often drive choices in health care. Consequently, a very influential policy maker in Washington is the bipartisan Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, or MedPAC. In March and June of each year, MedPAC reports to Congress on the state of the Medicare program, and recommends payment rates and policies for Medicare providers, including hospitals and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs).
As you may be aware, nursing leader and ANA member Mary Naylor, PhD, RN, FAAN, was recently appointed to be a commissioner on MedPAC, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. MedPAC is charged with advising Congress and CMS (the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) on Medicare and Medicaid policies, including annual payment updates for the Medicare prospective payment systems – such as the Physician Fee Schedule, which covers the reimbursement of APRNs (advanced practice registered nurses).