IMPACT Act Anticipated to See Floor Action Next Week in the House
NAHC sent letter of support to Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee leadership
July 25, 2014 02:58 PM
Leaders in the House of Representatives are expected to bring the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014 to the House Floor sometime next week for consideration. It has the support of a wide cross section of Medicare provider and consumer groups, and is likely to pass the House.
The IMPACT Act (H.R. 4994) has three main objectives with respect to post-acute care:
Require post-acute care (PAC) providers to report standardized patient assessment data, data on quality measures, and data on resource use and other measures;
Require the data to be interoperable to allow for its exchange among PAC and other providers to give them access to longitudinal information so as to facilitate coordinated care and improve Medicare beneficiary outcomes; and
Modify PAC assessment instruments applicable to PAC providers for the submission of standardized patient assessment data on such providers and enable assessment data comparison across all such providers.
The IMPACT Act has nine bipartisan cosponsors in the House – including Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) and Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI), as well as the Health Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX). Similarly, there is an identical bill in the Senate with Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT) as the bill’s cosponsors.
Earlier this week, NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris sent a letter to the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committee Leadership offering the organization’s support for the IMPACT Act. In his letter, Mr. Halamandaris states that:
“Overall, NAHC is very supportive of the goals behind the IMPACT Act and fully supports the development of a uniform patient assessment and discharge planning process. The approach taken in the IMPACT Act to achieve these goals is a well-balanced, step-by-step method. It recognizes the need to provide a general direction and timeline for the reforms while channeling responsibilities to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and her Medicare administrator, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. We also appreciate that the Committees revised the original draft in several key areas, particularly the strengthening of standards to avoid duplication of data requirements and the inclusion of stakeholder inputs in the patient assessment tools”
To read NAHC’s full letter, please click here.