In a broad sense, rehabilitation services are measures taken to promote optimum attainable levels of physical, cognitive, emotional, psychological, social, and economic usefulness, and thereafter to maintain the individual at the maximal functional level. The term is used to denote services provided in inpatient and outpatient settings, ranging from comprehensive coordinated medically based programs in specialized hospital settings to therapies offered in units of hospitals, nursing facilities, or ambulatory centers. Resources found on this site mainly focus on Medicare payment and related implementation issues.
Medicare’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System
On August 7, 2001, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a prospective payment system (PPS) for Medicare Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRF) as required by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (BBA). The payment system that became effective on January 1, 2002, significantly changed how inpatient medical rehabilitation hospitals and units are paid under Medicare. The payment system uses a streamlined patient assessment instrument (the IRF PAI), which incorporates functional independence and case mix measures. This site provides information and resources relative to the implementation, review, and operation of primarily hospital-based medical rehabilitation services.
Visitors to this site may also be interested in learning more about the resources and services of the AHA Constituency Section for Long-Term Care and Rehabilitation. This special section of the membership comprises over 2,500 members that offer medical rehabilitation, long-term acute, skilled nursing, home health, outpatient and post-acute care.
Some of the resources within the AHA web site are designated "Members Only" and require a username and password for access. For assistance or for more information, contact the AHA at 800-424-4301.
Members-Only Call: Review of IRF PPS Final Rule for FY 2017 (Aug. 30, 2016)
For a complete listing of AHA Efforts and related Tools & Resources, please see the tabbed boxes below.
- Feb 10, 2017 | CMS extends deadlines for submitting certain quality reporting data
- Jan 13, 2017 | MedPAC finalizes 2018 payment recommendations for post-acute care
- Jan 9, 2017 | AHA comments on MedPAC's draft recommendations for FY 2018
- Jan 5, 2017 | AHA Section for Long-Term Care and Rehabilitation names 2017 leaders
- Dec 14, 2016 | CMS launches quality data websites for LTCHs, IRFs
- Dec 9, 2016 | MedPAC discusses draft 2018 payment recommendations for post-acute care
- Nov 30, 2016 | AHA shares policy principles for new post-acute care PPS with HHS
- Sep 15, 2016 | National Academies report calls for action to eliminate avoidable vision impairment
- Aug 25, 2016 | IRF and LTCH quality data preview reports available Sept. 1
- Jul 29, 2016 | CMS issues Medicare IRF, SNF and hospice final rules for 2017
- Feb 02, 2017 | Final Cardiac Care and Expanded Hip/Knee Bundled Payment Programs
- Jan 06, 2017 | Comments on MedPAC's draft recommendations for FY 2018
- Aug 26, 2016 | Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility PPS: Final Rule for FY 2017
- Aug 03, 2016 | CMS Issues FY 2017 Final Rules for Three Post-Acute Care Settings: LTCHs, IRFs & SNFs
- Jun 20, 2016 | Comments on CMS's Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility PPS Proposed Rule for FY 2017
- May 17, 2016 | Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility PPS: Proposed Rule for FY 2017
- Apr 22, 2016 | CMS Releases FY 2017 Proposed Rules for Three Post-Acute Care Settings: IRFs, SNFs & LTCHs
- Apr 05, 2016 | AHA to MedPAC Re: Payment Policy Governing Part B Drugs and IRF Coding Practices
- Jan 27, 2016 | AHA to President Obama: Protect Health Care for Seniors, Disabled in FY 2017 Budget
- Jan 11, 2016 | AHA Comments to MedPAC on draft payment recommendations for FY 2017
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