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CMS Posted Medicare Spending Per Beneficiary—Post Acute Care Resource Use Measures
MedPAC Finalizes 2017 Payment Recommendations for Home Health, Hospice
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CMS Posted Medicare Spending Per Beneficiary—Post Acute Care Resource Use Measures

The Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS) has posted the measure specifications for the Medicare Spending Per Beneficiary — Post Acute Care (MSPB-PAC) Resource Use Measures.

The Improving Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act) authorizes the Secretary to develop “resource use measures, including total estimated Medicare spending per beneficiary” and to require the reporting of standardized assessment data in post-acute care (PAC) settings: skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), home health agencies (HHAs), long-term care hospitals (LTCHs), and inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs). The MSPB-PAC measures must be implemented according to the following statutorily mandated timelines: October 1, 2016 for SNF, LTCH, and IRF Quality Reporting Programs (QRPs), and January 1, 2017 for the HHA QRP.

The purpose of the MSPB-PAC measures is to support public reporting of resource use in all four PAC provider settings as well as to provide actionable, transparent information to support PAC providers’ efforts to promote care coordination and improve the efficiency of care provided to their patients.

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MedPAC Finalizes 2017 Payment Recommendations for Home Health, Hospice

On Thursday, January 14, 2016, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) met to finalize recommendations for inclusion in its annual March Report to Congress on Medicare payment policy.  In arriving at its recommendations, the commission examined a variety of factors that relate to payment adequacy, including beneficiary access to care, the capacity and supply of providers, care utilization, quality of care, provider access to capital, and financial margins. 

In December 2015 MedPAC staff explored issues related to hospice payment adequacy in depth, which was covered in NAHC Report here. For both home health and hospice, MedPAC will recommend that Congress eliminate the updates for the 2017 payment year. As the annual payment updates for both home health and hospice are set in statute, elimination of the payment updates for 2017 would require legislative action.

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2016 Private Duty Home Care Conference

At the Private Duty Home Care Conference, you’ll participate in education sessions on marketing and operations tactics, financial acuity, staff recruitment and retention, and more. You’ll hear from leaders and experts at lectures, roundtables, panel discussions, and more. You’ll learn from success stories and pioneering strategies with statistical analysis, data-driven forecasting, improvement studies, and more. Our conference faculty will guide you through legal and regulatory changes. We value what Private Duty brings to the industry and we support your business achievements.

The Private Duty Home Care Conference will feature one-and-half days of speakers, education sessions, and networking opportunities in charming Charleston, South Carolina where you’ll enjoy special rates at the Doubletree Hotel in the heart of the Market District. Reserve your room now to take advantage of our special low rate of $159 while rooms are still available.

This conference is where you can get real solutions to real issues. So, together we can make real progress.

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