Nursing Facility Task Force Meeting

Friday, December 20, 2019
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.


50 Milk St 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02109

Overview of Nursing Facility Task Force Meeting


Theme: Aligning payments with quality and member complexity

I. Statewide Nursing Facilities by Occupancy and Quality (10 min)
II. DPH Presentation: Quality measurements and suitability standards (15 min)
III. Determine Possible Points of Agreement (15 min)
IV. EOHHS Presentation: Modernizing and modeling a payment system centered on investing in quality and paying for acuity (15 min)
V.  Discussion: Strategies to direct funding towards high quality facilities and those with highly acute or complex patient populations (50 min)

  • Special/complex patient populations
    • What complex or special patient populations require the greatest staff time and or greatest investments?
    • How can adequate compensation be ensured to nursing facilities for complex or special patient populations? Does the transition to the MDS system help achieve this goal?
  • Quality measures
    • What role should quality play in determining nursing facility rates and are quality based payment incentives an effective way to improve quality?
    • Where should we prioritize quality investments? Should we support high quality facilities or provide additional funding to low quality facilities?
    • What factors or improvements have been shown to enhance quality?

VI. Wrap up and Next Steps