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Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee Explores Post-Acute Care Reform

The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee today held a hearing on the status of post-acute care and to explore opportunities to improve delivery and access to those services. Much of the hearing focused on bundling payments for post-acute care services, and the recently introduced  Bundling and Coordinating Post-Acute Care Act of 2015 (H.R. 1458). Mark Miller, executive director of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), testified and urged caution of bundling payments ahead of data collected by the implementation of the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act. However, Miller noted that MedPAC is required by the IMPACT Act to submit a report to Congress on alternative post-acute care payment models by June 30, 2016, which may provide some additional insight into future reforms.

The subcommittee also heard from a panel representing other stakeholders, including the American Health Care Association, the Visiting Nurse Association Health Group, Select Medical Corporation and RTI International. Witness testimony and a recording of the hearing are available on the Energy and Commerce Committee’s website.