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  NAHC Report: Issue# 2792, 11/18/2015
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NAHC Submits Comments on Potentially Preventable Readmission Measure
Senate HELP Committee Approves Legislation Supporting Family Caregivers
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NAHC Submits Comments on Potentially Preventable Readmission Measure

As required by the Improving Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is working to develop a potentially preventable readmissions (PPR)  measure  for multiple settings, which includes skilled nursing facilities (SNF), Inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRF), long term care hospitals (LTCH), and home health agencies (HHA).

The measure is claims-based and reflects readmission rates for patients who are readmitted to a short-stay acute-care hospital or an LTCH with a principal diagnosis considered to be unplanned and potentially preventable within a 30-day window following discharge from the PAC settings.

In the report, the contractor acknowledges there is limited evidence of potentially preventable readmissions (PPR) for post-acute care (PAC). Therefore, the list of potentially preventable conditions includes those identified as Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions developed by the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality.

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has concerns regarding applying to PAC settings conditions developed for the ambulatory care setting. Patients admitted to post acute care typically have a more complex clinical profile than those patients receiving services in an ambulatory care setting.

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Senate HELP Committee Approves Legislation Supporting Family Caregivers

The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) on Wednesday, November 18, held a markup and approved the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act (S. 1719). The legislation, introduced by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) along with eight other bipartisan cosponsors, would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to launch a National Family Caregiving Strategy with the goal of developing and sustaining a “national strategy to support family caregivers.”

In a letter signed by a coalition of organizations earlier this year, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) thanked the Senators for their “bipartisan leadership” and expressed its commitment to working to pass the legislation. “Family caregivers are the backbone of services and supports in this country,” NAHC and the other organization stated in the letter. “They help make it possible for older adults and people with disabilities to live independently in their homes and communities. By supporting family caregivers, we can help people live at home where they want to be, helping to delay or prevent more costly care and unnecessary hospitalizations, saving taxpayer dollars.”

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