President Obama Signs the IMPACT Act into Law
NAHC’s President, Val J. Halamandaris, participated in the White House Signing Ceremony
October 14, 2014 10:39 AM
Last week, President Obama signed into law the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act of 2014). Val J. Halamandaris, NAHC’s President, participated in the signing ceremony at the White House.
Mr. Halamandaris has emphasized NAHC’s support for the IMPACT Act previously by saying:
“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…the strengthening of standards to avoid duplication of data requirements and the inclusion of stakeholder inputs in the patient assessment tools”
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. 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. Prior to the IMPACT Act, there was 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 – with some hospices not having 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 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.
For a section-by-section analysis of the IMPACT Act, please click here.
For more coverage on the IMPACT Act from NAHC Report, please click here.