NAHC Submits Comments on the MSPB IMPACT Act Measure
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a call for public comments on the draft specifications for the Medicare Spending Per Beneficiary-Post-Acute Care (MSPB-PAC) measure on January 13, 2016.
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 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 IMPACT Act stipulates that the MSPB-PAC measure should align with the hospital MSPB measure in certain ways.
In addition, 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.
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