Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mark Parkinson Joins President Obama at White House Signing Ceremony for IMPACT Act

Abigail Horn

Last week, AHCA/NCAL President & CEO Mark Parkinson joined President Obama at the White House for the signing of the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014 into law. 

This important legislation builds an important framework for future debates and discussions regarding the payment models for post-acute care providers and supports AHCA’s Quality Initiative.

IMPACT will: 

· Incorporate standardized assessment into existing assessment tools (like the CARE tool) across PAC providers and acute care hospitals for pressure ulcers, functional status, cognitive status and special services; 

· Develop public reporting of common quality measures, such as rehospitalizations and pressure ulcers, across settings;

· Provide quality measures to consumers when transitioning to a PAC provider; and 

· Require HHS and MedPAC to conduct several studies on alternative PAC payment models.

“The signing of the IMPACT bill by President Obama closes one process and opens new opportunities to enhance the quality care we deliver every day,” said Parkinson. “I applaud him and the Administration in this critical step forward in improving lives for millions of Americans.”

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