The commission, which includes industry stakeholders, voiced support for adding function and patient experience measures to further encourage post-acute care providers only to accept patients that are appropriate for their setting. Several commission members expressed hope that the quality measures would cause post-acute providers to specialize in the types of patients they serve. That could improve quality overall if providers develop expertise in caring for patients with specific conditions.
But some members raised concerns that the quality measures might create financial incentives to underdeliver on the intensity of care.
“I don’t disagree with the intent . . . but do we have the data to provide rational payments? Or will we create perverse incentives that harm patients?” said Dr. Amol Navathe, a member of the commission.
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