Wednesday, January 27, 2016

CMS Open Door Forum: Understanding the IMPACT Act

Dan Ciolek

Next week CMS will host a Special Open Door Forum: Understanding the IMPACT Act-Measure Alignment and IMPACT Outcomes on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 2:00 -3:00 pm Eastern Time.

The purpose of this call is to provide information and solicit feedback pertaining to the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (commonly referred to as the IMPACT Act). The IMPACT Act mandates the standardization of patient assessment data across post-acute care settings including Skilled Nursing Facilities, Home Health Agencies, Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities, and Long Term Care Hospitals in order to improve quality of care and quality of life.

This Special Open Door Forum will offer discussion on the history of the IMPACT Act, including discussion of what is the IMPACT Act, how CMS is standardizing quality measures and data items, and what is the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (commonly referred to as the SNF QRP). This SODF will serve as a platform to update consumers, stakeholders, researchers, and advocates alike on the work around the IMPACT Act.

CMS requests questions from patients, consumers, researchers, and advocates in advance or during the Forum. Please submit questions to: You may follow along during the call from the PowerPoint slides that were posted to:

Special Open Door Participation Instructions:
Participant Dial-In Number: 1-800-837-1935
Conference ID #: 17589814

Note: TTY Communications Relay Services are available for the Hearing Impaired. For TTY services dial 7-1-1 or 1-800-855-2880. A Relay Communications Assistant will help.

A transcript and audio recording of this Special ODF will be posted to the Special Open Door Forum website at for downloading.

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