Wednesday, July 29, 2015

National Quality Forum (NQF) Endorses AHCA Developed Functional Outcome Measures 

Yesterday, the Association announced that the National Quality Forum (NQF) endorsed the only recognized standard measures in the nation to assess improvement in self-care and mobility outcomes for patients admitted from a hospital to a skilled nursing care center (SNCC) for therapy services.

Developed by AHCA and the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care (NASL), the two measures align with what the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is requiring the profession to implement through the IMPACT Act of 2014. They also support AHCA’s multi-year initiative to improve quality care in SNCCs.

The risk-adjusted outcome measures are based on the CMS Continuity Assessment and Record Evaluation (CARE) Tool and information from the admission MDS 3.0 assessment. Both measures are calculated on a rolling 12-month average and updated quarterly.

See the latest news release AHCA/NCAL issued on the endorsement of the functional outcome measures.

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