Reports and Resources

Kavita Patel, M.D.

Chairman Baucus, Ranking Member Hatch and members of the Committee, thank you for this opportunity to highlight ways to advance physician payment reforms in Medicare. The Medicare program retains a strong commitment to provide care to approximately 50 million beneficiaries across the country; a key partner in the provision of this care are the 900,000 healthcare providers who see beneficiaries in medical offices, hospitals, skilled nursing facilities and other settings.Report to the Congress: Medicare Payment Policy. Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.


Sequestration, or “the sequester,” is a set of automatic spending cuts authorized by the Budget Control Act, which Congress passed and President Obama signed into law in August 2011.  Sequestration mandates $1.2 trillion in across-the-board spending cuts over the next 10 years, with roughly $85 billion slated for this year.

The $1.2 trillion in cuts will be applied evenly to both defense and discretionary domestic spending. The Department of Defense will face $550 billion in cuts, and domestic programs, including education, law enforcement, scientific research and many others will absorb the remainder of cuts.  However, the sequester does protect certain areas of spending from the cuts; spending on wars and military personnel, as well as money allocated for Medicaid, Social Security, Pell grants, veterans' benefits and certain low-income programs will be exempt.


February 28, 2013

Marilyn Tavenner
Acting Administrator
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20201

Re:       Advance Notice of Methodological Changes for Calendar Year (CY) 2014 for Medicare Advantage (MA) Capitation Rates, Part C and Part D Payment Policies and 2014 Call Letter

Dear Ms. Tavenner: