CMS updates QRP and VBP programs for FY2022

On April 8, 2021 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule (CMS-1746-P) that provides updates to and proposals for the fiscal year (FY) 2022 Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (SNF QRP). 

This rule includes two new measure proposals: the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Requiring Hospitalization Measure and the COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage among Healthcare Personnel (HCP) Measure, as well as an update to the specifications for the Transfer of Health (TOH) Information to the Patient-Post-Acute Care Quality Measure. In addition, CMS is proposing a modification to public reporting for the SNF QRP quality measures in order to accommodate the exception of 2020 Q1 and Q2 data. Lastly, this proposed rule includes two Requests for Information (RFI) related to the use of Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) in support of Digital Quality Measurement in Post-Acute Care Quality Reporting Programs as well as Closing the Health Equity Gap. The proposed rule went on display at the Federal Register and will be available at: https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection