House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committee leaders March 19 released a draft bill to set consistent patient assessment requirements for hospitals and providers of post-acute care, including long-term care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing facilities and home health agencies. The bill would require post-acute providers, inpatient prospective payment system (PPS) hospitals, critical access hospitals, non-PPS cancer hospitals and outpatient therapy providers to collect standardized data on patients’ clinical and functional status and Medicare spending and readmissions, primarily using existing assessment tools. The data would be collected on admission to the hospital and on admission and discharge from post-acute and outpatient therapy settings.
Providers also would face new Medicare conditions of participation related to hospital-topostacute discharge protocols. The draft calls for alternative payment models for post-acute care based on patient characteristics rather than care setting. For more, click on: http://tinyurl.com/q2hpj8r.