FutureFocus September 19, 2018: Post-Acute Payment Model Emerging: How This May Impact Your Future

Lisa Remington

In this week’s FutureFocus, is important new information about how a unified Medicare PAC payment will work for home health agencies, skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long-term care hospitals. What does a unified PAC payment system look like? Discussions are flushing out the similarities and gaps among the four settings. New approaches could establish tiers based on levels of care. Policy considerations are being explored. Are possible timeframes nearing the future? This is a must read. Your future could be impacted sooner than once thought.

Lisa Remington, President, Remington Health Strategy Group

By: Lisa Remington, President, Remington Health Strategy Group, Publisher, The Remington Report 

A unified Medicare payment model for all post-acute care (PAC) providers was explored at the last Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) meeting. The premise: setting payment based on patient characteristics, instead of site of care.

Beyond payment discussions is the alignment of Medicare’s statutory and regulatory requirements under a unified payment system for four post-acute care (PAC) settings -skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term care (LTC) hospitals and home health agencies.