Post-Acute Care

Overview

Home Health

Home health care is a formal, regulated program of care delivered by a variety of health care professionals in the patient’s home for the treatment of a medical condition, illness or disability. Home health is provided through certified home health agencies (HHAs).

As components of the post-acute continuum of care, HHAs provide essential health care services. This specialized support allows patients to remain at home when they would otherwise have to be admitted to a costly institutional setting, such as a skilled-nursing facility or hospital.

CHA’s Center for Post-Acute Care represents the interests of CHA member post-acute care providers,  including inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and units,  long-term acute care hospitals, distinct-part skilled-nursing facilities and home health agencies.  As a part of CHA, the Center for Post-Acute Care serves as the primary public policy arm of the hospital association for post-acute care issues. The center also advocates for hospital-based post-acute care services  in the federal and state legislative and regulatory arenas.

CHA News Article

Post-Acute Care Quality Reporting Program Tip Sheets Available
For post-acute care leaders, quality leaders, and compliance staff

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued several post-acute care quality reporting program COVID-19 tip sheets to help providers understand CMS’ public reporting strategy for the program during the public health emergency. 

CHA News Article

CMS Announces New Care Compare Website
For CEOs, COOs, quality leaders, and case managers

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched a redesigned website to provide consumers access to information on health care providers, including performance on quality and resource use measures.  

Education event

COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave
On-demand video

Overview

The Governor signed California’s COVID Supplemental Paid Sick Leave law on September 9th and it goes into effect on September 19th.  The law is intended to ensure that all employees in California have access to two weeks of supplemental paid sick leave if they are ordered to quarantine or isolate by a health care provider or public health officer, or if they are prohibited from working by their employer due to health concerns related to the potential transmission of COVID-19.   Employers who already provi

Overview

Hospice

Hospice provides comprehensive and interdisciplinary health care to terminally ill patients, as well as bereavement and support services to the patients’ loved ones. Patients receiving hospice care forgo curative treatments. Hospice care is provided through certified hospice programs, and may be delivered in any patient care setting, but is most often provided in the patient’s home.

CHA provides state and federal representation and advocacy in the legislative and regulatory arenas to improve access to quality, cost-effective hospice health care services.
 

CHA News Article

Feb. 10 Is Deadline for Creating Care Partnerships Conference Registration and Hotel Discounts
For CNOs, COOs, CFOs, strategic planning officers, post-acute and skilled-nursing staff, case managers

Register by Feb. 10 for CHA’s upcoming Creating Care Partnerships Conference, March 2-3 in Pasadena, to save $100 on registration and take advantage of group room rates at the host hotel, The Westin Pasadena. 

CHA News Article

Upcoming Conference Examines Patient Perspective in Post-Acute Care Recovery
For CNOs, COOs, CFOs, strategic planning officers, post-acute and skilled-nursing staff, case managers

CHA’s Creating Care Partnerships: Beyond the Continuum conference, March 2-3 in Pasadena, features a post-acute care patient advocate who gained insight into her patients’ experience when she became one herself.

CHA News Article

Video ‘Learning Brief’ Explains Hospital Discharge Planning Final Rule
For COOs, case managers, post-acute care staff, compliance leaders

CHA members can now learn about the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) discharge planning final rule in a free on-demand webinar. The 30-minute webinar offers a high-level overview of the rule and solicits requests for more information and clarification to inform CHA’s ongoing advocacy with CMS.

Overview

Inpatient Rehabilitation & Therapy Services

Medical rehabilitation focuses on improving or restoring functional independence for individuals with disabilities resulting from injury, illness or a medical condition.

Medical rehabilitation is provided at all levels of the health care continuum, including general acute-care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs), skilled-nursing facilities, long-term-care hospitals, outpatient programs and home health agencies.Services may range from coordinated interdisciplinary programs to individual therapy disciplines.

CHA News Article

CMS Publishes Clarifications on Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility, Long-Term Care Hospital Data Sets
For inpatient rehabilitation facility leaders, long-term care hospital leaders, quality and compliance officers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published quarterly guidance and clarifications for the inpatient rehabilitation facility patient assessment instrument (IRF-PAI) and the long-term care hospital continuity assessment record and evaluation (LTCH CARE) data sets.  

CHA News Article

Post-Acute Care Quality Reporting Program Tip Sheets Available
For post-acute care leaders, quality leaders, and compliance staff

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued several post-acute care quality reporting program COVID-19 tip sheets to help providers understand CMS’ public reporting strategy for the program during the public health emergency. 

CHA News Article

CMS Announces New Care Compare Website
For CEOs, COOs, quality leaders, and case managers

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched a redesigned website to provide consumers access to information on health care providers, including performance on quality and resource use measures.  

Overview

Long-Term-Care Hospitals

Long-term-care hospitals (LTCHs) provide hospital-level care for medically complex, long-stay patients. LTCHs meet the same requirements as general acute-care hospitals, but have significantly longer average lengths of stay of 25 days or greater. LTCHs may be freestanding facilities or be co-located within hospitals, and treat a wide variety of conditions, including respiratory failure with ventilator dependency, infections, complex wounds and trauma.

CHA’s Center for Post-Acute Care represents the interests of CHA member post-acute care providers,  including inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and units,  long-term acute care hospitals, distinct-part skilled-nursing facilities and home health agencies.  As a part of CHA, the Center for Post-Acute Care serves as the primary public policy arm of the hospital association for post-acute care issues. The center also advocates for hospital-based post-acute care services  in the federal and state legislative and regulatory arenas.

CHA News Article

CMS Publishes Clarifications on Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility, Long-Term Care Hospital Data Sets
For inpatient rehabilitation facility leaders, long-term care hospital leaders, quality and compliance officers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published quarterly guidance and clarifications for the inpatient rehabilitation facility patient assessment instrument (IRF-PAI) and the long-term care hospital continuity assessment record and evaluation (LTCH CARE) data sets.  

CHA News Article

Post-Acute Care Quality Reporting Program Tip Sheets Available
For post-acute care leaders, quality leaders, and compliance staff

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued several post-acute care quality reporting program COVID-19 tip sheets to help providers understand CMS’ public reporting strategy for the program during the public health emergency. 

CHA News Article

CMS Announces New Care Compare Website
For CEOs, COOs, quality leaders, and case managers

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched a redesigned website to provide consumers access to information on health care providers, including performance on quality and resource use measures.  

Overview

Skilled-Nursing Facilities / Distinct Part Nursing Facilities

Skilled-nursing facilities (SNFs) have the staff and equipment to provide skilled nursing, medical management and therapy services to individuals, on a 24-hour basis, who do not require high-intensity services provided in the hospital setting.

CHA News Article

CMS Seeks Input on Skilled-Nursing Facility Quality Measure Development
For skilled-nursing facility leaders, compliance staff, quality management staff

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted for public review draft specifications for the Skilled-Nursing Facility (SNF) Healthcare-Associated Infections Requiring Hospitalizations measure for the SNF Quality Reporting Program. 

CHA News Article

Post-Acute Care Quality Reporting Program Tip Sheets Available
For post-acute care leaders, quality leaders, and compliance staff

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued several post-acute care quality reporting program COVID-19 tip sheets to help providers understand CMS’ public reporting strategy for the program during the public health emergency. 

CHA News Article

CMS Announces New Care Compare Website
For CEOs, COOs, quality leaders, and case managers

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched a redesigned website to provide consumers access to information on health care providers, including performance on quality and resource use measures.  

Overview

Subacute Care

Subacute-care units provide a specialized level of care to medically fragile patients. Subacute patients are individuals who do not need acute care, but who are too ill to be cared for by most skilled-nursing facilities. Frequently, these individuals are ventilator-dependent or require frequent respiratory treatments. While subacute beds are licensed as skilled-nursing beds, they are reimbursed differently and are subject to additional staffing and patient criteria requirements.

CHA provides state and federal representation and advocacy in the legislative and regulatory arenas to improve access to quality, cost-effective subacute-care services.

CHA News Article

CMS Seeks Input on Skilled-Nursing Facility Quality Measure Development
For skilled-nursing facility leaders, compliance staff, quality management staff

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted for public review draft specifications for the Skilled-Nursing Facility (SNF) Healthcare-Associated Infections Requiring Hospitalizations measure for the SNF Quality Reporting Program. 

CHA News Article

DHCS Posts Updated Information on COVID-19 Skilled-Nursing Facility Rates
For skilled-nursing facility leaders, CFOs, directors of reimbursement

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has posted updated information on its website about reimbursement rates for skilled-nursing facility services, including an additional 10% reimbursement applied to per diem rates effective March 1 during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

CHA News Article

CDPH Issues Updated Guidance about Dialysis Services in SNFs
For skilled-nursing facility leaders, case managers, compliance officers

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued All Facilities Letter (AFL) 20-66, which provides updated guidance regarding the provision of dialysis services to residents of skilled-nursing facilities (SNFs).  

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