Senate Finance Committee Releases Section-by-Section Analysis of the IMPACT Act
September 25, 2014 04:12 PM
The staff of the Senate Finance Committee recently released its analysis on the IMPACT Act, which passed both the House and the Senate before Congress Adjourned in preperation for the Midterm elections. The bill is awaiting the President’s signature.
For many years, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its Hospice Association of America (HAA) have supported greater frequency in hospice surveys. Currently, there is no set time frame for frequency of hospice surveys, and the average length of time between surveys for hospice providers is six to eight years. Some hospices have not been surveyed in over a decade. More frequent surveys are a step toward helping ensure hospice provider compliance with regulations and proper administration of the hospice benefit.
The IMPACT Act requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to survey hospices at least as frequently as every three years for the next 10 years. The legislation also corrects a legislative drafting error that has prevented implementation of an Affordable Care Act provision requiring medical review of hospices with a high proportion of long-stay patients.
The section-by-section analysis as prepared by the Senate Finance Committee can be found here.