Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Claire Miley authored an article, "The Triple Whammy of HACs," which was published in the Fall 2014 "RAP Sheet," a newsletter of the Regulation, Accreditation, and Payment (RAP) Practice Group of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA). Claire currently serves as editor of the newsletter and as Vice Chair of Publications of the RAP Practice Group. Claire's article focuses on the Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) Reduction Program, which is the latest rollout of several significant "pay-for-performance initiatives" mandated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As Claire's article shows, poor performance under the HAC Reduction Program arguably has more of a domino effect than poor performance under other ACA initiatives. In fact, HACs represent a potential "triple whammy" to hospitals that do not devote sufficient focus to these particular conditions or to the importance of decreasing their rate of occurrence.
The full article is available to AHLA members at the AHLA website (login required).