From the Report Introduction:

Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s March 2011 Report to the Congress fulfills the MEDPAC Commission’s legislative mandate to evaluate Medicare payment issues and to make recommendations to the Congress.

The report contains 13 chapters:
• context for those that follow by documenting the rise in Medicare and total health care spending.
• the Commission’s analytical framework for assessing payment adequacy.
• nine chapters that describe the Commission’s recommendations on rate updates and related issues, such as
distribution of payments and program integrity, for nine payment systems used by traditional Medicare.
• updated statistics on enrollment, plan offerings, and payments in Medicare Advantage plans.
• updated statistics on enrollment and plan offerings for plans that provide prescription drug coverage.



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