FutureFocus March 14, 2018 - Quality Data And Discharge Planning: Changes Ahead

Lisa Remington

In this week’s FutureFocus, we provide insights into how quality data influences discharge planning. Ongoing discussions at MedPAC are evaluating current discharge planning procedures and the future of the IMPACT Act for PAC providers. In another article, we focus on  Medicare reimbursement changing for physicians and new opportunities for post-acute providers to integrate chronic care management solutions. We provide resources and insights to tackle the topic. In the news, is talk about social determinants and the responsibility of providers. Learn how health systems, ACOs and payors are looking at different solutions.

Lisa Remington, President, Remington Health Strategy Group

Publicly available quality data is rarely a factor in Medicare beneficiary choice of a post-acute care (PAC) provider, according to Medicare Senior Policy Analyst Evan Christman.

“In practice, beneficiaries report relying on information from trusted sources like health care providers, families, or others that may have experience with PAC,” Christman told the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) March meeting in Washington.

In January 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced a separately billable non-face-to-face Chronic Care Management (CCM) service to improve Medicare beneficiaries’ access to CCM in primary care. Learn insights and opportunities.

Transportation barriers to healthcare, affect approximately 3.6 million Americans today. Missed appointments are a costly problem for providers and insurers, with estimates running upwards of $150 billion a year  in the U.S., according to the Washington Business Journal. The Transit Cooperative Research Program estimates non-emergency medical transportation, or NEMT, spending for Medicaid alone is $3 billion each year.