The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted an opportunity for public comment on new cross-setting quality measures mandated by the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014: Transfer of Health Information and Care Preferences when an Individual Transitions.
The IMPACT Act promotes person-centered care through the alignment of a set of quality measures across the post-acute settings of home health, inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRF), skilled nursing facilities (SNF), and long term care hospitals (LTCH).
The measures address the IMPACT Act mandate to specify quality measures on which PAC providers are required to submit standardized patient assessment data with respect to the following domain: “(E) Accurately communicating the existence of and providing for the transfer of health information and care preferences of an individual to the individual, family caregiver of the individual, and providers of services furnishing items and services to the individual, when the individual transitions— ‘‘(i) from a hospital or critical access hospital to another applicable setting, including a PAC provider or the home of the individual; or ‘‘(ii) from a PAC provider to another applicable setting, including a different PAC provider, a hospital, a critical access hospital, or the home of the individual.”
Detailed specifications for these measures and the call for public comments and materials have been posted on the CMS website: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/MMS/CallforPublicComment.html
Public comment period is open from 11/10/16 through 12/11/16. Comments should be submitted to: TOHPublicComments@rti.org