The Congressional Research Service has released another report, dated November 3, 2010, focusing on the Medicare provisions in the health care reform laws. This new report, which is entitled Medicare Provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA): Summary and Timeline, outlines the numerous reform provisions impacting the Medicare program and provides a detailed chart listing the effective dates of such provisions. Notably, the CRS report highlights the growing tension regarding the treatment of any Medicare savings under the reform law – should the savings be considered to be funding sources for the expansion of health care or should such savings be directed towards shoring up the Medicare program’s trust fund. Finally, the report addresses findings made by both the Congressional Budget Office and the CMS, Office of the Actuary that some of the Medicare payment reductions are likely not sustainable in the long terms and could actually result in reduced quality of care and access to services. The 143-page report can be found here.
10 Nov '10