When it comes to coordinating and better understating quality reporting, the AHA and AHCA seem to be on the same page. Much clarity is needed before reporting can be done correctly and for it to reflect meaningfully. In a June McKnight’s article, “AHA said it appreciates the inclusion of SNF quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs in the fiscal 2016 proposed rule for the SNF prospective payment system, according to AHA Executive Vice President Rick Pollack, but urged CMS to describe how the programs will be coordinated with the Nursing Home Quality Initiative.” AHCA Senior Vice President for Quality David Gifford, M.D., responded by saying “the organization agrees with the hospital association’s request for coordination of the programs across providers, since long-term care residents frequently transition between acute and post-acute settings.”
Both the AHA and AHCA agreed that the use of the proposed therapy measure would lead to inadequate and worthless data, claiming therapist compliance to the completion of a piece paper yields little about actual outcomes.
To read the full AHA recommendation go to: http://news.aha.org/article/150617-aha-urges-cms-to-clarify-how-it-will-coordinate-snf-quality-vbp-programs
Or McKnight’s article go to: http://www.mcknights.com/news/ahca-supports-push-for-clarity-in-value-based-purchasing-quality-program-implementation-leader-says/article/421570/