Wednesday, May 9, 2018

AHCA/NCAL Submit Comments on IMPACT Act “Medication Profile” DRAFT Quality Measures

Dan Ciolek

Last week, AHCA/NCAL submitted detailed technical comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and its Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act) quality measure development contractors RTI and Abt Associates in response the following pre-rulemaking solicitation: 

Quality measures to satisfy the IMPACT Act domain of: Transfer of Health Information and Care Preferences When an Individual Transitions - Medication Profile Transferred to Provider / Medication Profile Transferred to Patient.

Specifically, CMS requested comment on the draft specifications developed for the following two measures:     

1. Medication Profile Transferred to Provider 
2. Medication Profile Transferred to Patient 

We emphasize that these draft Minimum Data Set (MDS)-based measures are still in development and could undergo significant changes in response to public comment and field testing results. 

In the FY 2019 SNF Prospective Payment System (PPS) proposed rule (page 21083) CMS notes that they are on a schedule to complete measure refinements so they can propose these measures in the FY 2020 SNF PPS payment rulemaking to be adopted for the SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP) in 2022.

Contact Dan Ciolek at dciolek@ahca.org if there are questions.

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