BACPAC Hearing Scheduled in House for Thursday
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
by: Visiting Nurse Associations of America

Section: Quality and Educational Programming

The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing on Thursday, April 16 and will discuss the Bundling and Coordinating Post-Acute Care (BACPAC) Act (H.R. 1458) introduced by Rep. David McKinley (R-WV), Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA), and House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-GA). The hearing is entitled, "Medicare Post-Acute Care Delivery and Options to Improve It."

The Act would create a new approach that coordinates care for Medicare beneficiaries when they leave the hospital. This legislation would authorize "Post-Acute Care Coordinators" to coordinate all of the post-acute care needs of beneficiaries for 90 days post discharge from a hospital under a bundled payment model. The coordinators would be required to establish networks of post-acute care providers and would assume responsibility for paying those providers at the same rate received under fee-for-service Medicare. However, the legislation relaxes the eligibility rules for some services, including home health care services, allowing the PAC Coordinators to use those providers for non-traditional Medicare services or for non-traditional populations. VNAA recently endorsed the legislation.

H.R. 1458 is online here. The Majority Memorandum, a witness list, and witness testimony will be available here as they are posted.

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