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House Ways & Means and Senate Finance Committees Release Draft Post-Acute Care Reform Legislation

Posted on 3/19/2014 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

Today, Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI), Ranking Member Sandy Levin (D-MI) as well as Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT) released a bicameral, bipartisan discussion draft titled, “Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014.” The proposal seeks to set the stage for Medicare payment reform for post-acute care (PAC), including for Long Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs), Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs), Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs), and Home Health Agencies (HHAs). The legislation focuses around standardizing post-acute patient assessment data, requires reports from MedPAC and the Department of Health and Human Services to make recommendations on payment prototypes based off of the PAC assessment data, and requires CMS to develop regulations to encourage the use of this data in patient discharge planning while continuing to take into account patient preferences.

As you may recall, last summer, NTOCC submitted comments in response to the House Ways & Means and Senate Finance Committees call for information from stakeholders regarding ways to strengthen the post-acute care (PAC) system. 

Please click here to view the discussion draft language, click here for a short bill summary, and click here for full section-by-section summary.

NTOCC staff are reviewing the details of the legislation and will be holding a Policy & Advocacy Workgroup call soon to discuss NTOCC’s next steps.