Second Innovation 2.0 Learning Lab Coming July 12: Clinical Care Pathways, From Acute to Postacute Care

APTA members will have another opportunity to hear firsthand from physical therapy innovators pursuing new, creative models of care when the association hosts the second of 4 online “Learning Lab” events July 12, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm ET.

The July 12 event will focus on clinical care pathways and transitions of care from acute care hospitals to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and other postacute care settings. The project was developed as part of the APTA Innovation 2.0 program.

Conducted through the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and led by Robin Marcus, PT, PhD, the project examines a partnership between a contract provider of physical therapist services to local SNFs and the University of Utah physical therapy program .The project has developed evidence-based care pathways for patients with hip fracture, total hip arthroplasty, and total knee arthroplasty. In this model, physical therapists are working collaboratively within the health care system to improve value-driven outcomes.

Full story of clinical pathways learning lab at APTA

New Postacute Care Webpage Makes an IMPACT

Work in a postacute care setting? Brace yourself for IMPACT.

New to the APTA website: a webpage exclusively devoted to providing you with everything you need to know about postacute care reform in Medicare, including information on how the Improving Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act will change the types and quantity of data provided to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

The new webpage provides a basic outline of the principles behind postacute care reforms, resources from CMS, summaries of proposed rules, and highlights of APTA’s involvement in the process.

Full story on the new postacute care Webpage at APTA

Learn More About New Postacute Care Data Requirements From CMS

Work in postacute care? The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) wants you to know that it’s changing the way it collects data used in quality measures of PAC settings, and will be providing a recording and transcriptions of a forum it held on February 25.

The special Open Door Forum sponsored by CMS provided information on the standardized data and assessment domains now required under the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act). The new standardized submission requirements affect long-term care hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, and inpatient rehabilitation facilities.

Full story of postacute care data requirements at APTA

IMPACT Act Standardizing Postacute Care Data Signed Into Law

Legislation that would standardize data used across postacute care (PAC) settings has been signed into law and will join a larger package of reforms. APTA worked to influence this legislation.

The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act signed by President Barack Obama on Monday directs 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).

The House and Senate passed the legislation in September.

Full story of the IMPACT Act at APTA

Postacute Care Data Reform Legislation Passes Both Houses

Legislation that would standardize data used across postacute care (PAC) settings has now passed in both houses of Congress and could soon become part of larger reforms. APTA has been working to influence this legislation.

The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act now approved by both the House and Senate 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).

Full story of passing of postacute care bill at APTA

Postacute Care Legislation Introduced

Congress will be turning its attention to postacute care in Medicare with the introduction of the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act in both the US House of Representatives and Senate this week. The introduction of the bill was announced in press releases from the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees.

The bicameral, bipartisan bill seeks to standardize data from assessment tools across all postacute care settings in order to inform future payment reforms. APTA has been providing input on this bill to the relevant congressional committees since August 2013 and will keep members updated on the progress of the legislation.

Full story of postacute care legislation at APTA

 

MedPAC June Report Subject of Congressional Subcomittee Hearing

Though it contains no formal recommendations, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (MedPAC) June report describes the commission’s exploration into the possibility of future changes in several areas, including the idea of paying the same rates to inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) as are paid to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) for some types of postacute care. The report was the subject of a June 18 hearing of the House Ways and Means Committee’s Health Subcommittee.

The MedPac report, released June 13, is focused on 7 areas: bringing payments in line across fee-for-service, Medicare Advantage, and accountable care organizations (ACOs); measuring quality of care in Medicare; improving risk adjustments; financial assistance for low-income beneficiaries; per-beneficiary payment for primary care; measuring the effects of medication adherence for the Medicare population; and payment differences across postacute settings.

Full story of June’s MedPAC report at APTA