Post-Acute Care Reform and “Doc Fix”
As we shared earlier this year, Members of Congress have been working on a framework for a permanent repeal of the sustainable growth rate (SGR) for the physician fee schedule. Efforts to repeal the SGR are of importance to therapy for two critical reasons; first because Medicare Part B reimbursement rates for therapists are determined by the same schedule, and second because any efforts to repeal the SGR would likely be funded – all or in part – by reductions in payments to other providers most like in the post-acute space.
While discussion persists on Capitol Hill, the details of possible SGR repeal – including pay-fors – have yet to be released.
In related efforts, earlier this summer, the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees requested that stakeholders provide real workable solutions to the post-acute care payment and delivery systems. In response to the request, Kindred and RehabCare will be submitting our “Blueprint for Post-Acute Care Reform” to the committees in which we will highlight our strategy to develop a patient-centered, integrated, post-acute care delivery and payment system model. Our government relations team will use the opportunity for continued advocacy to protect critical Medicare funding and promote common sense measures that preserve appropriate access to rehabilitative care across the continuum.
As Congressional interest in addressing post-acute care reforms moves forward, RehabCare will be sure to provide timely updates and analysis.