The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) convened earlier this month for the first session following its summer hiatus. Commissioners jumped right into discussing their policy priorities and setting the stage for their work over the next few months.

Promoting high-value care and maximizing access and quality of health care while lowering costs were key themes across the two-day meeting. Commissioners explored a variety of topics, including the role of pharmacy benefit managers and specialty pharmacy in the Medicare Part D program, incentives to move providers to more efficient and higher-quality payment systems, and how telehealth could be a part of the effort to move to the provision of higher-value care.

In this “Unpacking MedPAC” podcast, Senior Government Relations Manager Tony Mitchell, who attended the session, and Senior Vice President Jeremy Scott, who represents a number of patient and provider organizations, discuss key takeaways.

Listen to the podcast below.