Tag: quality measures

CMS seeking feedback on potential future quality measures and assessment data

A significant portion of the 2020 PPS proposed rule deals with potential measures and associated assessment elements that could come to the home health industry in the future. While CMS is not planning to finalize any of these measures or standardized patient assessment data elements (SPADES) as part of the rulemaking process this year, CMS […]

LeadingAge weighs in on proposed payment rule

The comment period for the Medicare proposed rule for SNFs just ended. Here’s what LeadingAge had to say in comments submitted: Wage Index Adjustment As CMS continues to utilize the hospital wage index in developing the SNF wage index, and changes have been proposed in the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule to […]

Changes to staffing rating thresholds in 5-star rating system update

CMS announced April 2019 updates to the Nursing Home Compare website and Five-Star Quality Rating System, including a change to staffing rating thresholds, with the staffing level required to receive a 5-star rating determined based on analyses of the relationship between staffing levels and measures of nursing home quality. The Technical User’s Guide states that, […]

SNF QRP and What the Data Means

From Reg’s Blog. Yesterday, CMS began posting the first elements from the Quality Reporting Program. There are five elements that contain data, compared to the national average. Percent of residents developing new or worsening pressure injuries Percent of residents experiencing one or more falls with major injury Percent of residents who had a functional assessment […]

CMS updates quality measure table to align with revised CoPs

Brought to you by Home Health Line. CMS has recently posted an updated home health process quality measure table as a result of the revisions made to the timely initiation of care measure. The document was modified to further align with the revised Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs), which took effect Jan. 13. Under […]

Proposed 2019 hospice rule increases payments by $340 million

Brought to you by Home Health Line. Hospices are expected to receive a 1.8% payment increase in 2019 — an improvement from the prior year, according to the 2019 proposed hospice payment rule posted April 27 on the Federal Register. Hospices only received a 1% payment increase in 2018. The lower amount in the prior […]

Updated hospice quality measure reports are now available

Provided by Home Health Line. Hospice-level and hospice patient stay-level quality measure reports are once again available, according to a post this month on CMS’ hospice quality reporting webpage. On April 13, hospices were alerted that the reports would be unavailable in CASPER while corrections were being made. “Stays were mistakenly being included in the […]

What do you do with your SNF’s quality measures and data?

Skilled nursing facilities’ performance on quality measures (QM) is publicly reported and gives consumers, referral sources, and potential business partners a key source of information on how well a facility is caring for its residents. However, getting a comprehensive picture of how QMs function can be time-consuming due to CMS’ extensive QM manual. I’ll be […]

Submission deadline for quality reporting program approaches

Per CMS: The submission deadline for the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF), Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH), and Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Programs is approaching. IRF-PAI and LTCH CARE Data Set assessment data and data submitted to CMS via the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) for October-December (Q4) […]

CMS announces a new user-friendly tool to increase transparency among quality measures in development

CMS has created an innovative tool that provides all stakeholders improved visibility into the portfolio of CMS measures. The CMS Measures Inventory Tool (CMIT), an interactive web-based application that contains the same information that is currently included on the Excel spreadsheet, provides a comprehensive list of measures that are currently under development, implemented for use, and […]