Wednesday, September 17, 2014

House Passes IMPACT Act

Drew Thies

House voted Tuesday night to pass The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014, which creates standardized assessment tools for post-acute care (PAC).
The bill will require PAC providers to submit standardized data on services and requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as well as the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) to provide Congress with new PAC payment models.

The chamber passed the bipartisan bill by voice vote. The legislation was put on the suspension calendar earlier in the week, a tool used to expedite uncontroversial measures that requires two-thirds of the chamber’s approval. The legislation was not marked up in any House committee.

The IMPACT Act is widely seen as a move towards larger PAC payment reforms, such as bundling or site-neutral payments. Earlier in the year, MedPAC expressed the need for standardized data and a common assessment tool for all PAC settings in a letter expressing the views of over 70 stakeholders. Such data would allow comparison of conditions, quality, and outcomes across payment settings.

The measure will now be sent to the Senate where it will await final passage.

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