The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued updates associated with the inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) provider preview reports and the IRF Patient Assessment Instrument (PAI).
CMS has released the updated IRF Provider Preview Reports, which contain provider performance scores for quality measures and contain IRF-PAI data submitted by IRFs from Quarter 1 (Q1) 2021 through Quarter 4 (Q4) 2021, as well as CDC Clostridium Difficile (CDI) and Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTI) measures from Quarter 4 (Q4) 2020 through Quarter 3 (Q3) 2021, and Q4 2018 through Q1 2019 of the Healthcare Personnel (HCP) Influenza measure. The new HCP COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage measure will also be publicly reported on Care Compare in the September 2022 release and will reflect Q4 2021 data. Unlike prior September Care Compare refreshes, CMS will not be preforming the annual update to IRF claims-based measures, due to CMS only resuming the reporting of claims-based measures during the June 2022 refresh.
Providers have until July 15, 2022, to review their performance data. Providers can request CMS review their data during the preview period if they believe the scores are inaccurate. The final reports will be published on Care Compare and Provider Data Catalog during the September 2022 refresh of the website. Additional information is on the CMS IRF Quality Reporting Program (QRP) public reporting website.
CMS also published the IRF-PAI Quarterly Questions & Answers (Q&A) document that provides clarification to existing guidelines.