CHA News Article

Congressional Hearing to Focus on Post-Acute Care Proposals

The chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Health, will conduct a hearing on proposals to reform Medicare post-acute care, as contained in President Obama’s fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget. The hearing will take place June 14. 

The President’s FY14 budget focused on five post-acute care reform policies: 1) reducing market basket updates for home health agencies, skilled-nursing facilities (SNFs), inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) and long-term acute care hospitals; 2) creating site-neutral payments between IRFs and SNFs for certain procedures; 3) modifying the criteria required for IRF status (the so-called “75 percent rule”); 4) establishing a SNF readmissions program; and 5) creating post-acute care bundled payments.