CHA News Article

Post-Acute Care Bill Signed Into Law

On Oct. 6, President Obama signed into law the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014. The bipartisan bill was designed to increase quality, transparency and accountability in post-acute care for Medicare beneficiaries. The Act would require post-acute care providers — including long-term acute care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, skilled-nursing facilities and home health agencies — to collect and report standardized assessment data as a first step in developing recommendations for alternative post-acute care payment models. Additionally, the legislation includes new survey and medical review requirements for hospices. These provisions will be implemented between 2016 and 2022. A copy of the bill is available at CHA has also created the attached summary of the bill.