AHA shares policy principles for new post-acute care PPS with HHS

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has shared policy principles for new post-acute care PPS with HHS with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE).

The agencies are conducting research to build a common payment system for long-term care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing facilities and home health agencies. The system is mandated by the Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014.

The principles shared last week were developed under the guidance of AHA’s Post-acute Care Strategy Steering Committee to aid in the development of a system that supports accurate payment and broad access to high-quality care for Medicare beneficiaries.

AHA Executive Vice President Tom Nickels says the AHA is committed to being an informed stakeholder and constructive partner through the full process. He says Congress will decide whether and how to respond to the 2023 final result of the research effort.