Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Reimbursement For Transition Of Services

An article by McKnight's Long-Term Care News and Assisted Living recently ran an article talking about Pennsylvania's reimbursement policies for caregivers providing transition of care services.  The article, originally written on 9/19/2012, may be viewed by either reading below or byclicking this link
A bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced legislation that would reimburse providers for coordination of care services.The legislation, called the Medicare Transitional Care Act of 2012, seeks to improve transitions of care for Medicare beneficiaries transferring out of the hospital and into a skilled nursing facility or back into their own homes.
The bill would have Medicare give a specific payment — based on performance metrics and improved outcomes — to providers performing coordination activities. The legislation was sponsored by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Thomas Petri (R-WI), Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL).

This legislation comes as hospitals prepare to face penalties for failing to prevent readmissions for conditions such as pneumonia and heart failure. The penalties, which will go into effect Oct. 1, will make strong relationships between hospitals and post-acute providers more important than ever, health experts say.

Attorney Doug Stoehr has worked on several claims involving elder abuse at the hands of caregivers.  If you or a loved one has been a suspected victim of elder abuse, it might be time to consult an attorney.  Attorney Stoehr serves the western and central Pennsylvania area and is located in Altoona, PA. For more information on his law practice, please call at814-946-4100 or visit his website here.

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