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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has created short videos and developed patient cue cards to assist providers with learning how to code patient assessment instruments for the following Post-Acute Care (PAC) Quality Reporting Programs (QRP):

Help LTCH, IRF, and HH patients select responses by showing them the new cue cards for:

See LTCHIRFHH, and SNF Quality Reporting Program Training for more information.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced an updated web-based training series on the assessment and coding of Section GG. This training is intended for providers in the following post-acute care (PAC) settings: inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs), home health agencies (HHAs), skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), and Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs). The course contains four lessons, including an overview of Section GG, assessment and coding of Section GG, coding of self-care items, and coding of mobility items. Each course includes interactive exercises for providers to test their knowledge related to the assessment and coding of Section GG items.

Technical questions or feedback regarding the training should be emailed to the PAC Training Mailbox. Content-related questions should be submitted to the IRF QRP Help Desk.

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule in the September 30, 2019 Federal Register that revises requirements for discharge planning for inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, hospitals (including acute, children’s, long term acute care, and critical access), and home health agencies. Each of these facilities must meet these requirements as a condition to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. In addition to this final rule requiring the discharge planning process to focus on the patient’s goals of care and treatment preferences, it also empowers patients to make informed decisions about their care as they are discharged from acute care to post-acute care (PAC).

The final rule includes a new requirement that sends necessary medical information to the receiving facility or appropriate PAC provider after a patient is discharged from the hospital or transferred to another PAC provider. In addition, hospitals must ensure and support patients’ rights to access their medical records in the form and format requested by the patient.

These regulations are effective on November 29, 2019. Contact RCPA Rehabilitation Services Director Melissa Dehoff with questions.

An RCPA Info was issued on August 18, 2016 regarding a project that was announced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) specific to the development and maintenance of a post-acute care (PAC) cross-setting standardized assessment data. Originally, the comment deadline on this project was set for August 26, 2016. Due to concerns voiced to CMS regarding a two-week comment period, the deadline has now changed. The comment period on this project has now been extended to Monday, September 12, 2016.

On September 10, 2015, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) conducted a public meeting to discuss Medicare issues and policy questions and approve reports and recommendations to the Congress. Included in the agenda was a session that focused on MedPAC’s task of developing a prototype prospective payment system (PPS) that spans across the post-acute care (PAC) settings, as mandated by the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014. The IMPACT Act requires MedPAC to submit a report to Congress regarding this by Thursday, June 30, 2016. Included in the meeting was their presentation Mandated Report: Developing a Unified Payment System for Post-Acute Care. It is expected that MedPAC will conduct multiple public meetings in the months ahead regarding the development of PAC PPS before presenting their draft recommendations.