Medicare Transitional Care Act of 2012
CMSA shows support for Bill, which is designed to improve transitions of care for high risk Medicare beneficiaries
On September 14, Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Thomas Petri (R-WI), Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) introduced the bipartisan Medicare Transitional Care Act of 2012, legislation that seeks to improve transitions of care for Medicare beneficiaries at highest risk for readmission as they move from the hospital setting to their home, skilled nursing facility or next point of care. The Case Management Society of America is in support of the Bill, which the organization believes would directly address continuity of care problems by increasing patient support and ensuring appropriate follow-up care during and after the transition period.
The legislation incorporates many of NTOCC’s principles, such as aligning the transitional service requirements with NTOCC’s “Seven Essential Intervention Categories”—seven key elements found in evidence-based care interventions— and the integration of all members of the care team in executing effective care transitions.
The full proposed text legislation is available at: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?r112:E14SE2-0027:/ or via PDF by clicking here. Also, click here to view the CMSA Letter of Support.