Tuesday, January 10, 2017

CMS Seeks Facilities to Pilot Test New Quality Measures

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking volunteer facilities, including SNFs, to test new quality measures related to the domains of Transfer of Health Information and Care Preferences (TOH). Interested providers should submit an Interest Form (described below) to sclark@rti.org by Tuesday, January 17th.    

CMS has contracted with RTI and Abt to develop and implement two TOH quality measures. The TOH measures meet requirements under the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act (IMPACT Act) of 2014. Data for these cross-setting measures will be collected for the following post-acute care settings: SNFs, IRFs, LTCHs and HHAs. As part of the measure development process, RTI, in collaboration with Abt, is pilot testing the TOH measures to investigate data collection methods and time to complete the items, the feasibility of implementing the TOH quality measures, and measure properties.  

Agencies and facilities that have been Medicare-certified for at least one year are eligible to participate in the pilot study.

View the Transfer of Health Pilot January 2017 zip file on the IMPACT Act Downloads and Videos webpage for the Recruitment Letter that provides more information about the Pilot study and the Interest Form that can be completed electronically.

CMS requests that interested IRFs, SNFs, LTCHs, and HHAs submit an Interest Form to sclark@rti.org by Tuesday, January 17th. Interest forms received after January 17 are welcome and will be considered for the later testing activities.

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