• Family caregivers are a critical component of a successful discharge plan for medically complex patients being discharged back to the community. Very often (46% reported) these caregivers are being asked to perform medical/nursing tasks. These tasks may include medication management, wound care, preparing special diets, and operating special medical equipment, in addition, to providing assistance in activities of daily living. AARP’s, Public Policy Institute and the United Hospital fund surveyed 1,677 family caregivers to get a better understanding of how the family caregiver’s role has changed over the years since there is an increased prevalence of chronic illness, economic pressures in the health care industry, and growth of medical technology use in the home. The results of the survey can be found on the AARP website and can provide some insight to the caregiver’s perception and experiences.
  • In March of each year, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MEDPAC) provides recommendations to Congress for Medicare fee for service payment system updates. They have made specific recommendations for Long Term Care Hospitals for fiscal year 2014.
  • CMS has created aggregated data files for Public Use that includes information on demographic, spending, utilization, and quality indicators at the state level (including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands), and at the hospital referral region (HRR) level for fee for service Medicare beneficiaries . The information in the data files enables researchers and policymakers to evaluate geographic variation in the utilization and quality of health care services for the Medicare fee-for-service population.

Last updated: Friday, June 21, 2013