The House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee held the first in a series of hearings on reforming the Medicare reimbursement system. The hearing was titled "Improving Competition in Medicare: Removing the Moratoria and Expanding Access."

Subcommittee Chairman Brady (R-Texas) has said he ultimately hopes to introduce legislation later this year to improve the payment system for hospitals and post-acute care, and has expressed an interest in making the inpatient and outpatient payment systems compatible.

Future hearings to be conducted through July will consider physician shortages, rural health care disparities, and hospital payments.

Also on Rep. Brady's agenda are the medical device tax, examining the two-midnight rule and recovery audit contractors (RACs), and identifying additional options for seniors in the Medicare program, such as a cap to protect them from high out of pocket costs and the premium support model put forth by Rep. Ryan (R-WI).

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