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MACPAC Releases Second Report to Congress

March 23, 2012—The Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) March 15 released its second report to Congress. The report primarily was focused on the 9.1 million disabled individuals enrolled in Medicaid. This population accounts for approximately half of the total Medicaid spending growth since 1975.

The commission included two recommendations in the report supporting the use of quality metrics and cost-effective innovative care for disabled persons enrolled in Medicaid. MACPAC members also inserted two recommendations supporting the simplification and streamlining of regulatory requirements to determine which federal program integrity efforts are most effective, and moving to eliminate those programs that are redundant, outdated, and not cost effective.

The report also addressed access to care for children, Medicaid and CHIP financing, and MACstats, which is a compilation of national and state-specific program data. The full report, accompanying press release, and fact sheet are available on the MACPAC website. The commission’s next report will be released on June 15. MACPAC will convene again on April 19.

Contact:

Scott Wetzel, M.P.P.
Lead, Quality Reporting
Telephone: 202-828-0495
Email: swetzel@aamc.org

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