MedPAC will replace separate hospital, physician commissions

In the interests of efficiency, the new federal budget calls for combining the Prospective Payment Assessment Commission (ProPAC) and the Physician Payment Review Commission into one new umbrella organization, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, dubbed MedPAC.

"There was some overlap between hospital physicians and other services that, because of managed care, one commission with hospitals and one with physicians doesn’t seem to make as much sense as it used to," says Donald A. Young, MD, executive director of the Washington, DC-based ProPAC.

The new 15-member commission will have broad authority to review both hospital and physician payment policies affecting Medicare programs.

MedPAC members will be appointed by the General Accounting Office, Young said.

MIS Training Institute will hold the Symposium for Healthcare Information Security Practitioners covering establishing policies, securing e-mail communications, protecting Internet connections, and controlling access to patient data on Jan. 27-28, 1998, in San Francisco. Optional workshops will be held on Jan. 26 and 30. For more information call (508) 879-7999.

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) will hold its annual conference and exhibition, "HIMSS ‘98: Imagine The Future," Feb. 22-26, 1998, in Orlando, FL. Call: (312) 664-4467 for information.