CHA News Article

CMS Provides Updates for Post-Acute Care Quality Reporting

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regularly provides important updates about post-acute care quality reporting programs (QRPs), including training opportunities, public reporting, and reminders of data submission and review deadlines.  

Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities 
QRP training
CMS will host two webinars for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) on proper coding of Section M Skin Conditions (Pressure Ulcer/Injury) and Section N of the IRF Patient Assessment Instrument Version 2.00. Updated reporting requirements for Sections M and N became effective on Oct. 1 for IRF providers. See the IRF Quality Reporting Training web page for details.   

Long-Term Acute Care Hospitals  
Provider preview reports
CMS has informed long-term acute care hospitals (LTCHs) that previous provider preview reports for the Discharge to Community – PAC measure contained an error. Preview data released in June 2018 incorporated only seven of eight required quarters of data. Data from October through December 2016 were inadvertently omitted.

CMS has reissued the LTCH provider preview reports, and corrected reports are now available via CASPER system folders. LTCH providers have until Aug. 31 to preview the corrected data in advance of public reporting for the September 2018 LTCH Compare Refresh. 

QRP training
CMS will host two webinars for long-term care hospitals about proper coding of Section M Skin Conditions (Pressure Ulcer/Injury) and Section N of the Continuity Assessment Record and Evaluation (CARE) Data Set Version 4.00. Updated reporting requirements for Sections M and N became effective on July 1 for LTCH providers. See the LTCH Quality Reporting Training web page for details.

Skilled-Nursing Facilities 
QRP training
CMS has posted the training materials for the skilled-nursing facility (SNF) QRP provider training, taking place July 31 and Aug. 1 in Baltimore, MD. To access the materials, visit the Downloads section of the SNF Quality Reporting Training web page on the CMS website.

Home Health
QRP training
CMS will host two webinars addressing changes to the Outcome and Information Assessment Set (OASIS)-D related to the home health QRP, which are scheduled to become effective on Jan. 1, 2019. The first webinar, which will take place on Aug. 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (PT), will provide a high-level overview of changes to the OASIS-D related to the home health QRP. The second webinar, on Sept. 5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (PT), will focus on new quality measures and data collection items specifically associated with Section GG: Functional Abilities and Goals. To register, visit the HH QRP web page on the CMS website.

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