New Law Will Affect SLPs’ Reports on Patients Beginning in 2016, speech-language pathologists working in a variety of health care settings may need to collect patient assessment data in new formats. The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act of 2014; passed by Congress and signed by President Obama in October, is designed to provide ... News in Brief
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New Law Will Affect SLPs’ Reports on Patients
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New Law Will Affect SLPs’ Reports on Patients
The ASHA Leader, December 2014, Vol. 19, 12. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB3.19122014.11
The ASHA Leader, December 2014, Vol. 19, 12. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB3.19122014.11
Beginning in 2016, speech-language pathologists working in a variety of health care settings may need to collect patient assessment data in new formats.
The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act of 2014; passed by Congress and signed by President Obama in October, is designed to provide standardized assessment data in home health agencies, skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long-term care hospitals. It takes steps to modernize Medicare payments to create a system of accountability and quality.
The legislation calls for the development of a standardized “PAC [post-acute care] Assessment Instrument.” It allows the variety of current assessment instruments (Outcome and Assessment Information Set, Minimum Data Set, IRF Patient Assessment Instrument, LTCH-Continuity Assessment and Record Evaluation) to be modified to capture data elements uniformly and to include certain minimum quality measures (functional status, skin integrity, medication reconciliation, incidence of major falls, and patient preference for treatment and discharge options).
The phased-in implementation begins with skilled nursing facilities and inpatient rehabilitation facilities by October 2016, and completes the changes across all settings by Oct. 1, 2019.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will most likely establish IMPACT regulations through the annual rule-making process for each facility type. ASHA has participated in the first of several stakeholder meetings to determine the most representative and least burdensome method to include quality measures for speech-language services.
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