Post Acute Care
Post-acute care spending dropped by 9% — or about $106 per beneficiary — without a drop in quality, a study of accountable care organizations in the Medicare Shared Savings Program has found.
A federal judge has ruled that a hospitalist company with thousands of post-acute care customers must face federal charges that it overbilled the Medicare and Medicaid programs millions of dollars.
Variation and growth in post-acute care spending has earned PAC a spot on hospital and health systems' priority list for cost-saving opportunities. The success of new care delivery models — particularly hospital-driven bundles and accountable care organizations — also is dependent on reduced utilization and episodic cost management in non-hospital settings.
Both houses of Congress now officially are considering bills to standardize assessments across various post-acute care provider types. The House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees introduced companion versions of the "Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014" Thursday, after releasing a draft in March.
naviHealth and Cigna-HealthSpring have announced a collaboration in managing post-acute care services for approximately 100,000 Cigna-HealthSpring members in the Mid-Atlantic and Pennsylvania markets.
As required by the Affordable Care Act, the National Quality Forum convened the Measure Applications Partnership (MAP) to develop a coordinated performance measurement approach across PAC and LTC settings.