Medicare accountable care organizations accepting downside financial risk will have easier access to CMS waivers of the rule requiring three-day inpatient stays before patients can be sent to skilled-nursing facilities.
CMS grants ACOs easier access to SNF waivers
To apply, an ACO must provide the CMS with a list of skilled-nursing facilities with which the ACO will partner, along with a SNF affiliate agreement for each facility. Partnering SNFs must have an overall CMS quality rating of three stars or higher.
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