Recently introduced legislation to standardize data used across postacute care settings is expected to move quickly through Congress, with a final vote likely to be held this summer. APTA has been working to influence this legislation and will continue to monitor its progress.
The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014 (H.R. 4994/S. 2553) was introduced in both the House and Senate on June 26 by Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Ranking Member Orin Hatch (R-UT), and Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) and Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI). If it becomes law, IMPACT would instruct the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to standardize patient assessment data, quality, and resource use measures for PAC providers including home health agencies (HHAs), skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs), and long-term care hospitals (LTCHs).
Supporters of the legislation, which include APTA, believe standardization would allow HHS to compare quality across PAC settings, improve hospital and PAC discharge planning, and use this standardized data to reform PAC payments in the future. APTA and other stakeholders have been providing feedback on the legislation since August 2013.
If passed, the legislation would:
The congressional committees have provided a summary (.pdf), including timelines. APTA will continue to work with legislators and the committees to move this legislation forward.
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