Reducing provider burden and developing inclusive programs that specify their roles could go a long way in helping skilled nursing and other long-term and post-acute care providers implement value-based payment programs. 

Those are just two of the recommendations made by the Advancing Excellence in Long-Term Care Collaborative group in an analysis that addressed challenges SNFs face in implementing VBP. 

The collaborative, which features 25 stakeholder groups, said VBP programs should be developed in a way that allows programs to be led by SNFs and long-term care providers. Their roles also should be included in programs designed for other care settings. 

The stakeholders also recommended reducing provider burden for SNFs when implementing and administering VBP programs. Proposed actions to do so included simplifying documentation, data collection and submission requirements and processes and following the Patients Over Paperwork initiative.

Other recommendations included: leveraging appropriate quality measures for SNFs, residents and families and creating financial incentives for improving quality and outcomes. 

“Incorporating these principles during program design can increase the ability of SNFs and other LTPAC facilities and clinicians to engage in value-based programs and advance the triple aim of reducing system costs, improving patient experience of care, and improving the health of the LTPAC population and beyond,” report authors concluded.