Patient Severity Classification

Each post-acute care venue has a different patient assessment instrument and unique set of quality measures. This is partly because each venue treats different kinds of cases in terms of condition and severity, and has different “rules of participation” (therapy requirements, allowable impairments, average length of stay, etc.). The result is that similar cases that are treated in different venues, at significantly different costs / reimbursements, are not able to be compared on a quality nor cost basis. MedPAC has been recommending the collection of uniform patient assessment information since 1999!