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Medicare panel chair: Kill most special needs plans

The U.S. Capitol (AP photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
The U.S. Capitol (AP photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The Medicare Payment Advisory Committion (MedPAC) -- an advisory panel that's supposed to help Congress cut Medicare health care costs -- is recommending major changes in the rules that govern Medicare Advantage special needs plans (SNPs).

Dr. Glenn Hackbarth, the chairman of MedPAC, discussed the proposals today at a hearing on Medicare payment policies organized by the House Ways and Means health subcommittee.

The quality bonus program is operating "in a flawed manner, at very high program costs not  contemplated in the statute," Hackbarth said.

Hackbarth had harsher words for many Medicare Advantage SNPs -- plans that serve enrollees who need long-term care (LTC) services, have disabilities, or have chronic health problems.

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