Healthcare Economist April 7, 2021
Jason Shafrin

Here are a few highlight’s from the March 2021 report on Medicare Payment Policy from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC).

Leading causes of death

The leading cause of death are heart disease, cancer, and respiratory disease. Note that these figures are from 2018. MedPAC notes that the 3rd leading cause of death in 2020 was COVID-19.

Coverage (Supplemental and Part D)

Also, most individuals with Medicare have additional coverage for cost sharing either by enrolling in a Medicare Supplemental Plan, coverage from their employer, or being included in a Medicare Advantage plan with less cost sharing.

Medicare beneficiaries receive drug coverage through Medicare Medicare Part D (with the exception of physician-administered drugs which are covered by Medicare Part B. Medicare Part...

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