At the end of September, CMS released the 2018 Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) results which ranks the savings and quality performance of participating Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). Before diving into the numbers a reminder about the difference between “generated savings” and “earned savings”.
Last week, CMS announced a new discharge planning rule to improve care transitions by defining discharge requirements for hospitals and Home Health Agencies (HHAs). Ultimately, the goal is to reduce readmissions and adverse events by complementing and aligning with interoperability efforts across the continuum. The rule also gives patients greater ability to access their medical records and participate in the discharge planning process by requiring hospitals to share information about post-acute care provider performance. The rule’s effective date is 11/29/2019.
Post-acute care is a vital component of a patient’s healthcare journey. Between 2008 and 2013, the number of Medicare patients transitioning from hospitals into post-acute care increased by nearly 5 percent. The importance of post-acute providers, who are responsible for helping patients safely return to their normal lives after a hospital stay, increases as healthcare continues its shift from payment-centered to patient-centered care. We took a closer look at some of the biggest trends impacting post-acute care today, and what these changes mean for providers in this.