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Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing Programby Josh LukeFounder, The National Readmission Prevention Collaborative
Included in the "doc ﬁx" passed in April 2014, H.R. 4302, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA), was a value-based purchasing (VBP) program for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). PAMA establishes an incentive pool for high performing SNF's as it pertains to preventing unnecessary hospital readmissions. The Congressional Budget Office projects the program will save Medicare $2 billion over the next 10 years.