CHA is advocating that Congress include a ‘reset’ of the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act in the next COVID-19 relief package. In a letter to Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, CHA reaffirms support for the act’s goals, including the ongoing implementation of standardized patient assessment data elements and numerous new quality, outcome, and resource use measures.
These measures are designed to support the collection of comparable data across various settings and over a period of time, and to provide necessary information for the design of a unified post-acute care payment system. CHA believes that the delays and disruptions caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency have led to a need to allow additional time for data collection and analysis to inform future payment reform.
Moreover, the pandemic has also highlighted differences among the levels of acute and post-acute care and has brought into sharp focus the need to develop systems that are able to care for patients with complex medical needs and functional limitations. CHA believes a “reset” will allow for the new payment model to incorporate the most recent and relevant data, and to reflect insights from the COVID-19 pandemic.