NOTIFICATION: Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Payment Update Determination: Two Additional Quality Measures Implemented for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Quality Reporting Program (QRP)
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) retained three measures for FY 2016 payment update determination, as listed below.
Three Quality Measures Retained for FY 2016 Payment Update Determination
- · Percent of Residents or Patients with Pressure Ulcers That Are New or Worsened (Short-Stay) (NQF #0678) - Collected using the
- · National Health Safety Network (NHSN) Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) Outcome Measure (NQF #0138) – Collected via Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)
- · National Health Safety Network (NHSN) Central Line-associated Blood Stream Infection (CLABSI) Outcome Measure (NQF #0139) – Collected via the CDC’s NHSN
Further, CMS began implementation of two additional quality measures for the FY 2016 payment update determination, as listed below. Data collection and submission for these two additional quality measures started on October 1, 2014.
Two Additional Quality Measures Implemented for Fiscal Year 2016 Payment Update Determination
- · Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Healthcare Personnel (HCP) (NQF #0431)- Collected via the CDC’s NHSN
For the purpose of NQF #0680 for FY 2016 payment update determination, LTCHs must collect and submit data for any patient who is in the LTCH one or more days between October 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015 (2014-2015 influenza vaccination season). Quality data for this measure should be collected and submitted to the CMS on an ongoing basis, but at least by the established quarterly deadlines. Data collected on patients with one or more days of stay during October 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014, should be submitted/corrected no later than 11:59:59 p.m. on February 15, 2014; data collected on patients with one or more days of stay during January 1, 2015 through March 31, 2015, should be submitted/corrected no later than 11:59:59 p.m. on May 15, 2015.
For the purpose of reporting NQF #0431 summary data for FY 2016 payment update determination, the NHSN guidance and definitions can be found in the NHSN Influenza Vaccination Summary Protocol athttp://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/PDFs/
HPS-manual/vaccination/HPS- flu-vaccine-protocol.pdf and athttp://www.cdc.gov/nhsn/PDFs/ HCP/Operational-Guidance-LTCH- HCP-Flu.pdf. The NHSN protocol provides guidance for LTCHs to report HCP influenza vaccination summary data from October 1 (or when the vaccine became available) through March 31, which includes all influenza vaccinations administered during the influenza season at the facility or elsewhere, influenza vaccine declinations, and determinations of a medical contraindication to influenza vaccination. Users must also report associated denominator data for HCP physically working in the long term care hospital for at least 1 working day between October 1 through March 31 of an influenza season, regardless of clinical responsibility or patient contact. Data should be reported separately for employees, licensed independent practitioners, and adult students/trainees and volunteers. Reporting summary data from other contract personnel is optional at this time.
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For further information, please see the CMS LTCH QRP website http://cms.hhs.gov/Medicare/
Quality-Initiatives-Patient- Assessment-Instruments/LTCH- Quality-Reporting/index.html.