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Resources by Topic: Post-acute care

Quality Measures for Critical Access Hospital Swing-Bed Patients
Policy brief describing a study to identify quality measures for Critical Access Hospital (CAH) swing-bed patients, focused on outcome and functional status measures. Includes information from key informant interviews on discharge disposition and 30-day follow-up status.
Author(s): Michelle Casey, Ira Moscovice, Henry Stabler
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Medicare Payment Basics: Skilled Nursing Facility Services Payment System
Overview of Medicare payments for skilled nursing and rehabilitation services and discusses changes to the payment rates as of October, 2019 based on components of care. Describes what constitutes a skilled nursing facility and how with CMS approval small, rural hospitals and critical access hospitals may be used to provide these services. Compares Medicare daily base rates for urban and rural skilled nursing facilities.
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Medicare Payment Basics: Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities Payment System
Overview of Medicare's payment system for inpatient rehabilitation services in freestanding facilities or within acute care hospitals. Demonstrates how payment rates are adjusted to account for certain facility characteristics including facilities in rural areas.
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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States' Medicaid Fee-for-Service Nursing Facility Payment Policies
Spreadsheet outlining each state's Medicaid fee-for-service (FFS) nursing facility payment policy. Lists how each state sets the payment rate and any adjustments and supplemental payments. Includes information on rural/urban aspects of setting or adjustment to the payment in each state.
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission
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Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) Project Guide: A Rural Hospital Guide to Improving Care Management: 2019 Update
A guide for rural hospital leadership that identifies best practices in care management. Addresses care management roles and staffing needs and covers utilization review and discharge planning. Helps identify opportunities for process improvement. Also discusses competencies needed to transition to a value-based reimbursement environment focused on population health.
Author(s): Stroudwater
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Patient Experience and Function, Fall 2018 Cycle: CDP Report
Evaluates 5 new measures related to patient function and experience of care and supports using them for quality improvement efforts and public reporting. Measures focus on care coordination, particularly following discharge in order to reduce hospital readmissions. Includes Critical Access Hospitals under acute care hospitals, with exclusions for swing bed stays.
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Quality Forum
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Evidence Brief: Managing Acute Pain in Patients with Opioid Use Disorder on Medication-assisted Treatment
Brief details the Veterans Health Administration's best practice on acute pain treatment for patients undergoing medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. Includes supplemental materials that highlight search strategies and evidence tables among other materials.
Additional links: Supplementary Materials
Author(s): Stephanie Veazie, Katherine Mackey, Donald Bourne, Kim Peterson
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Veterans Health Administration
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Mercy Health - Marcum and Wallace Hospital Invests in Swing Bed Program
Highlights the Marcum and Wallace Hospital's work to implement the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) project recommendations with the goal of expanding the swing bed program to reduce readmission rates. Marcum and Wallace Hospital is a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital in Irvine, Kentucky.
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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MedPAC Comment on CMS's Proposed Rule on the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility PPS for FY 2020
Comments on an April 24, 2019 Federal Register proposed rule updating payments for Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs) and IRF quality reporting. Addresses proposed changes to the wage index system that would adjust for geographical differences, potentially impacting rural areas.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) Public Meeting, April 4-5, 2019
Includes presentation slides and brief presentation descriptions from a meeting of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) addressing Medicare spending and payment issues. Covers value-based payment, Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) performance, the Medicare Advantage quality bonus program, emergency department spending, post-acute care patient assessment, Medicare Part D drug costs, and payments for rural and low-volume dialysis facilities.
Additional links: Full Meeting Transcript, Improving Payment for Low-Volume and Isolated Outpatient Dialysis Facilities
Date: 04/2019
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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