CMS extends model that pays docs more

A government initiative to reduce hospitalizations could help SNFs.
A government initiative to reduce hospitalizations could help SNFs.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will extend its initiative to improve care in nursing facilities, the agency announced in late August.

CMS' Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Facility Residents will provide a new funding opportunity for organizations currently participating in the initiative to test the efficacy of a new payment model. The payment model aims to improve care and reduce hospitalizations by funding higher-intensity interventions for nursing home residents who may otherwise be hospitalized for acute changes in their condition.

The model also includes payments to physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants similar to those they receive treating patients in a hospital.

The new payment phase of the initiative is slated to begin in October 2016 and last four years. The Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Facility Residents is in its third year and includes 144 facilities in Alabama, Indiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New York and Nevada.