At a recent meeting, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) discussed proposals to allow hospitals to recommend post-acute care providers to Medicare beneficiaries on discharge. Current law does not permit this kind of recommendation. The commission did not reach a conclusion on any changes in current policy. However, this discussion shows why it is important for nursing homes and other post-acute care providers to focus on quality measure performance and the development of relationships with hospitals and physician organizations.
On Friday October 10th, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) held a session titled "Private Sector Initiatives to Manage Post-Acute Care," to discuss how certain providers select post-acute care settings to use and how they manage the care a beneficiary receives within the setting selected.
Providers are moving towards initiating their own contracts, and must be prepared to negotiate with third-party payers and organizations similar to ACOs.
Developing a workforce involves strategic planning and dedicated resources to create desired business and clinical outcomes. Given the issues faced by healthcare organizations today, a wide range of solutions is necessary to address their vast workforce development needs.
The period of time for hospices to qualify for an "extraordinary circumstance" exemption when they believe the nursing shortage has affected their ability to hire sufficient numbers of nurses directly has been extended until Sept. 30, 2016, by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).