FutureFocus March 7, 2018: New Discharge Planning Protocols For Post-Acute Providers Under Discussion

Lisa Remington

In this week’s FutureFocus, we provide detailed insights into discussions MedPAC is having on changing protocols for current discharge planning practices. This could be a game changer for post-acute providers and patient choice. This is a must read. In our Washington Report, we call attention to the Trump Administration proposal for a Medicare post-acute payment system.

Lisa Remington, President, Remington Health Strategy Group

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) is discussing ways to modify the existing discharge planning process. The discussion includes leveraging discharge planner recommendations to use high-quality providers, and factors influencing beneficiaries’ choice of PAC providers. This is a must read.

HIghlights of the discussions include:

Leveraging Discharge Planners to Encourage the Use of Better PAC Providers

  • Helping beneficiaries select better quality providers should be a goal of the discharge planning process.
  • Providing hospital discharge planners with tools and authority to recommend high-quality providers to advance the goal.
  • Identify high-quality PAC providers necessary to achieve the objective. 

Prescriptive Approach for Identifying High-Quality PAC Providers

  • Medicare-defined criteria
    • Quality measures
    • Levels of performance
  • CMS notifies hospitals and beneficiaries of quality PAC Providers

Take a moment to explore MedPAC’s power point presentation.