“Credit is due to the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees for piloting this bill through today’s treacherous health care politics. Let’s hope yesterday’s signing of the IMPACT Act of 2014 is only the first, not the last, health policy win to emerge from bipartisan, bicameral efforts this year.
This new law will enable physicians, hospitals, and post-acute providers to better track and improve care for beneficiaries after a hospital stay by requiring providers to submit patient assessment data in a standardized format, and by developing systems of measurement for clinical quality, outcomes and resource use that can be applied across all post-acute settings. With this information, payers, providers, consumers, and family caregivers can work together to identify the best care setting for each individual. And policymakers can begin the challenging work of bringing broader reform to Medicare’s post-acute care systems.
We hope Congress will soon repeat this bipartisan, bicameral success in the areas of SGR reform, transparency, and care coordination. If they don’t, we will continue to see unchecked health costs erode the prosperity of American families and businesses.”