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The inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) quality reporting program (QRP) submission deadline is coming up on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. The submission deadline includes both the IRF patient assessment instrument (PAI) assessment data and the IRF data that is submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) via the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) for discharges. Providers are encouraged to run validation/output reports prior to each quarterly reporting deadline to ensure all required data is submitted. The list of required measures are posted on the IRF Quality Reporting Data Submission Deadlines web page.

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On Thursday, December 1, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will conduct a call from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm that will focus on the soon to be released Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reports (CASPER) Quality Measure (QM) reports for the inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) quality reporting program. Agenda topics include:

  • Quality measures for public reporting in 2016;
  • Reports associated with public reporting;
  • Content of the CASPER QM reports by data source;
  • How to interpret facility and patient level results;
  • Accessing reports in CASPER; and
  • Resources for providers.

To register or for more information, visit MLN Connects Event Registration. Because space may be limited, those interested are encouraged to register early.

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As noted in the Rebaseline Timeline posted in the June 2016 National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Newsletter, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) submitted standardized infection ratios (SIRs) to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), using the new 2015 baseline starting with 2016 Quarter 1 data. The inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) quality reporting program (QRP) preview reports that CMS provided on September 1, 2016, contained calendar year (CY) 2015 healthcare-associated infection (HAI) SIRs in accordance with the new NHSN baselines, based on nationally collected data from 2015. However, providers were unable to use NHSN to verify the accuracy of the HAI data contained within their preview reports for the Compare sites during the 30-day preview period established for this purpose.

As a result, CMS will begin publically displaying the NHSN data on the Compare sites for IRFs in the next quarterly refresh in spring 2017 instead of in fall 2016. Providers will have the chance to appropriately review their HAI data and inquire about data they believe to be incorrect. IRFs will receive preview reports in December 2016 for the data that will be displayed in spring 2017.

This change will affect the posting of quality performance data on the quality measure: NHSN Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) Outcome Measure.

When the IRF Compare website is launched in fall 2016, the following quality metrics will be displayed:

IRFs —

  • Percent of residents or patients with pressure ulcers that are new or worsened (short stay); and
  • All-cause unplanned readmission measure for 30 days post-discharge from inpatient rehabilitation facilities.

To assist IRFs in understanding the use of the rebaselined data, and how to monitor their data using the new baseline, a document has been posted in the downloads section of the IRF Quality Public Reporting web page.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the fiscal year (FY) 2017 inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) prospective payment system (PPS) final rule in today’s Federal Register.

The majority of the final rule focuses on changes in the IRF Quality Reporting Program (QRP), pursuant primarily to the requirements of the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014. The rule continues to address implementation of the IMPACT Act requirements regarding resource use and quality measures, adding five new measures to the IRF QRP. Four measures will begin October 1, 2016, and are collected from Medicare claims data, so no additional reporting action from providers is required. These four measures include:

  • Discharge to Community – Post-Acute Care (PAC) IRF QRP (claims-based);
  • Medicare Spending Per Beneficiary (MSPB) – PAC IRF QRP (claims-based);
  • Potentially Preventable 30 Day Post-Discharge Readmission Measure for IRFs (claims-based); and
  • Potentially Preventable Within Stay Readmission Measure for IRFs (claims-based).

The remaining measure, Drug Regimen Review Conducted with Follow-up for Identified Issues, will begin October 1, 2018, and will require additional items on the IRF Patient Assessment Instrument (IRF PAI).

Other key provisions included in the final rule:

Standard Payment Rate
The standard payment rate conversion factor will increase in FY 2017 to $15,708, compared to the proposed amount of $15,674. This amount is the result of a 2.7 percent rehabilitation-specific market basket increase, minus a productivity adjustment of 0.3 percent and a 0.75 percent ACA adjustment. The FY 2016 standard payment rate conversion factor was $15,478.

CMS used the rehabilitation market basket for the first time. It was adopted last year. The standard payment update also accounts for budget neutrality factors for the wage index and labor related share of 0.9992 and for the CMG weight revisions of 0.9992 plus changes to the outlier threshold. Table 5 in the rule (not reproduced here) displays the FY 2017 payment rates.

Update to the CMG Weights, Lengths of Stay, and Comorbidities
CMS updated the Case Mix Group (CMG) weights using FY 2014 cost report data and the FY 2015 claims data as well as the average lengths of stay (ALOS) per CMG. Approximately 99.5 percent of the cases affected by the change in weights would be changed by less than 5 percent.

Outlier Threshold
CMS updates the outlier threshold amount to $7,984 from $8,658 for FY 2016 in order to maintain the outlier payments at three percent of total IRF payments in FY 2017. The national cost-to-charge ratio ceiling for FY 2017 is 1.29; the ceiling for rural IRFs is 0.522 and 0.421 for urban IRFs.

ICD-10-CM Presumptive Compliance Coding Changes
Unfortunately, CMS did not address the problems with the ICD-10-CM codes which eliminated certain key diagnoses from being allowed for consideration in calculating a provider’s presumptive compliance in meeting the 60 percent rule. The largest set of affected codes fall into the area of brain injury under IGCs 2.21 and 2.22.

CMS did, however, comment that IRFs are permitted to use “D” as an eligible seventh character for traumatic brain injury diagnosis codes on both the claim and the IRF PAI. However, for the reasons indicated in the FY 2015 IRF PPS final rule effective with discharges occurring on or after October 1, 2015, ICD-10-CM codes with the seventh character extension of “D” are not included in the ICD-10-CM versions of the “List of Comorbidities,” “ICD-10-CM Codes That Meet Presumptive Compliance Criteria,” or “Impairment Group Codes That Meet Presumptive Compliance Criteria.”

The payment changes to the rule will apply to IRF discharges on or after October 1, 2016 and before September 30, 2017. The quality reporting requirements are effective for discharges on or after October 1, 2106.

A more complete analysis of the rule will be forthcoming and reviewed/discussed extensively at the upcoming RCPA Outpatient Rehabilitation Committee meeting on Thursday, August 18, 2016, and the Medical Rehab Committee meeting on Thursday, September 8, 2016.

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On August 12, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced they were extending the deadline for the submission of data associated with the inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) quality reporting program (QRP) for measures reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).


This extension is being granted to provide IRFs additional time to submit data. Although the NHSN system is working, intermittent production problems have been experienced. The CDC has been working to resolve these issues and they are expected to be corrected soon.


The deadline for the Healthcare-associated Infection (HAI) data submission has been extended from August 15 to August 28 at 11:59 pm PT. Please Note: This extension only applies to the HAI data submission deadline. Data are submitted through the NHSN online.