You knew it had to be coming. And really, it only makes sense. The Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees introduced a version of the "Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT).
If passed, changes to the MDS will need to occur in order to accommodate the submission of standardized data related to patient assessment, quality measures and resource use measures. If passed, SNF quality reporting would start in FY 2019 (Oct 1, 2018). If a SNF fails to report, they would lose 2% off the annual market basket Medicare rates.
Read more about this in this McKnight's article: Standardized tool for assessing post-acute care is floated in House and Senate - McKnight's Long Term Care News
How do you think this will affect what you do??