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Patients Require More Information on Post-Acute Care, MedPAC States

MedPage Today writes: Patients being discharged from the hospital to post-acute care facilities need more information about the facilities’ quality, but how that should be provided is hard to say, according to members of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). Commission members were discussing a proposal developed by commission staff to provide patients going through the discharge planning process with more quality information about home health agencies, skilled nursing facilities, and other post-discharge institutions, as a way to encourage them to select high-quality providers. The issue has arisen because although Medicare spends billions of dollars on post-acute care, beneficiaries don’t always choose the highest-quality care provider.

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