Tag: quality measures

CMS hosting Hospice Quality Reporting Program forum

CMS will be hosting a webinar on the Hospice Quality Reporting Program at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. Officials will share updates on new claims-based measures included in the HQRP as part of the FY2022 Hospice Final Rule. Subject mater experts will address the quality measures specifications user’s manual and the QM report […]

CMS proposes hospice rule changes to rates, CoPs, quality measures

CMS released several proposed rules late Thursday, including the FY 2022 Hospice Payment Rate Update. “Despite the continuing public health emergency (PHE) generated by COVID-19, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is pushing forward with significant changes for hospice,” the National Association for Home Care and Hospice noted in its initial analysis of […]

New Podcast: Quality Measures and Vaccination Programs

Today we talk with Annette Sanders, MSN, RN, CLNC, senior consultant at LW Consulting about new proposed quality measures and about challenges and considerations to think about while running a vaccination program in your facility. Listen below or at: Soundcloud Spotify Apple Podcasts Post-Acute Advisor · Infection Reporting and COVD-19 Vaccination Programs

SNFs suspected of underreporting quality metrics

Self-reported quality metrics from SNFs don’t align with hospital diagnoses for some quality measures, a new report shows. Most noticeably, pressure ulcers were vastly underreported by more than half of SNFs, according to the report from Integra Med Analytics. “The median ratio of the self-reported and hospital-based pressure ulcer rates was 0.48, indicating that over […]

CMS releases next draft MDS item set

A new DRAFT version of the 2020 MDS item sets (v1.18.0) was posted on December 20, 2019. This version is scheduled to become effective October 1, 2020. Section G has been removed from all Federal item sets. This section most notably helps facilities calculate 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 […]