Posted on Thursday, July 9, 2015 9:03 AM
CMS has contracted with RTI International and Abt Associates to develop a discharge to community measure for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs), Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs), Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs), and Home Health Agencies (HHAs), to meet the mandate of the Improving Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act). As part of its measure development process, CMS is asking contractors to convene groups of stakeholders who can contribute input to the measure contractor. Click here for more details. CMS is also planning the second round of Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings to be published on the Home Health Compare website on October 8, 2015. A set of Provider Preview Reports that show the calculation of the second round of star ratings were distributed to providers’ CASPER shared folders on June 30. CMS has learned that there was an transportation error in the data used to generate these reports and are pulling these from the CASPER folders. CMS is asking providers who have already downloaded and circulated these reports to discard all copies. They can be recognized by the file name that ends in “Star2_prvw_for_Oct2015.” Replacement reports are scheduled to be distributed to providers’ CASPER shared folders by Friday, July 10. Providers can request a CMS review of their star ratings if they can provide documentation that errors in the data they have submitted to CMS have impacted their final star rating. The deadline for submitting these requests is July 24, 2015. Click here for additional information about the home health Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings.
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