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SNF Compare website to launch October 2018

During a status update call regarding the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act) on Thursday, February 23, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that a Skilled Nursing Facility Compare website is on schedule to launch in October of 2018.

Data published on the website will include information collected from the SNF Quality Reporting Program. Details regarding how the SNF Compare website will be combined with the Nursing Home Compare website are still being explored.

The call also updated listeners about phase three of the RAND contract, which involves national beta testing of standardized patient assessment data, to be published in September 2018. The objective of the testing is to create uniformity among patient assessment data that can be used and exchanged across all post-acute platforms.

Updates on the call also included information regarding phase one of the RAND contract, the Transfer of Health Information measures, and phase two, data collection using mock assessment items on sample patients, scheduled to occur March 2017 to May 2017.