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MedPAC to Develop Rural Hospital and Clinician Payment Workplan

What’s happening: The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) is developing a rural hospital and clinician payment policy workplan for 2024–25.  

What else to know: The March MedPAC meeting included discussion to inform a future recommendation to Congress related to rural hospitals.  

On March 7, MedPAC discussed concerns about rural hospital and clinician payment policies, including cost-sharing, Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, and MA network adequacy. The commission also expressed interest in researching how technology and artificial intelligence could assist rural health care providers.  

A copy of the presentation slides and transcript from the session are available. MedPAC will continue to examine rural hospital and clinician payment policies in future meetings.