FutureFocus January 24, 2018 Policy Insights

Lisa Remington

In this week’s FutureFocus, we discuss recommendations for future Medicare payments for home health, hospice and SNF. It is recommended that therapy payments be eliminated in home health. In another article, we provide key findings related to ACOs and the importance of discharge planning. In a related article, improper discharges from SNFs may start receiving civil penalties. Don’t miss the most common reasons for discharges from SNFs.

Lisa Remington, President, Remington Health Strategy Group

Post-acute providers could take a Medicare payment hit if Congress adopts Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) recommendations approved at its January 11-12 public meeting in Washington. The advisory agency’s recommendations will be included in the annual March report to Congress on Medicare Payment Policy.

A study of hospitals in U.S. metropolitan areas found those affiliated with accountable care organizations (ACOs) were able to more quickly reduce the rate at which patients discharged to skilled nursing facilities needed to be readmitted within 30 days. We provide the key findings.