Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Patient Assessment Instrument (IRF-PAI) and IRF-PAI Manual

This page includes the current versions of the IRF-PAI, the Quality Indicator Section of the IRF-PAI Manual, and associated documents. This page will be updated when:

  • An update is made to these resources.
  • A newer version becomes available.
  • Important information regarding these tools needs to be communicated.

The older versions of these documents will remain available for reference in the IRF Quality Reporting Program Archives.

For additional information related to the IRF Prospective Payment System (PPS) requirements, please refer to the IRF PPS webpage.

IRF-PAI

The Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Patient Assessment Instrument (IRF-PAI) is the assessment instrument IRF providers use to collect patient assessment data for quality measure calculation and payment determination in accordance with the IRF Quality Reporting Program (QRP). Completion of the IRF-PAI is required for each Medicare Part A fee-for-service and Medicare Part C patient discharged from an IRF. For more information about data collection and submission for the QRP, please refer to the IRF Quality Reporting Data Submission Deadlines webpage.

IRF-PAI Manual

The purpose of the IRF-PAI Manual is to offer continuing guidance to IRFs regarding collection, submission, and reporting of assessment data. The IRF-PAI Manual offers item-by-item coding instructions and coding examples for each item to assist IRF staff to accurately complete the IRF-PAI. The most recent version of the IRF-PAI Manual is available in the Downloads section below.

Updates


December 14, 2022

CMS IRF-PAI Quarterly Q&As, December 2022, Consolidated June 2020 to December 2022

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is publishing the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Patient Assessment Instrument (IRF-PAI) Quarterly Q&As, December 2022, Consolidated June 2020 to December 2022 document so that all IRF providers have the benefit of the clarifications to existing guidance. Through inquiries to the IRF Post-Acute Care (PAC) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Help Desk, CMS identifies the opportunity to clarify or refine guidance.

The Quarterly Q&A document is available in the Downloads section of this webpage.

September 28, 2022

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is issuing a statement on the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Patient Assessment Instrument (IRF-PAI) V4.0 and compliance with the Quality Reporting Program (QRP) to address concerns brought forth by the IRF provider community. Additionally, CMS is publishing a Q&A to assist providers in addressing questions they may have about next steps with regard to this topic.

These items can be accessed via Downloads section below.

September 7, 2022

CMS IRF-PAI Quarterly Q&As, September 2022, Consolidated June 2020 to September 2022

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is publishing the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Patient Assessment Instrument (IRF-PAI) Quarterly Q&As, September 2022, Consolidated June 2020 to September 2022 document so that all IRF providers have the benefit of the clarifications to existing guidance. Through inquiries to the IRF Post-Acute Care (PAC) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Help Desk, CMS identifies the opportunity to clarify or refine guidance.

The Quarterly Q&A document is available in the Downloads section of this webpage.

June 15, 2022

CMS IRF-PAI Quarterly Q&As, June 2022, Consolidated June 2020 to June 2022

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is publishing the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Patient Assessment Instrument (IRF-PAI) Quarterly Q&As, June 2022, Consolidated June 2020 to June 2022 document so that all IRF providers have the benefit of the clarifications to existing guidance. Through inquiries to the IRF Post-Acute Care (PAC) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Help Desk, CMS identifies the opportunity to clarify or refine guidance.

The Quarterly Q&A document is available in the Downloads section of this webpage.

June 14, 2022

CMS IRF-PAI Manual Version 4.0 Errata

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is publishing an errata to the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Patient Assessment Instrument (IRF-PAI) Manual, Version 4.0, effective October 1, 2022. A Change Table outlining the revisions to the CMS IRF-PAI Manual Version 4.0 is also published. This errata is being issued to clarify guidance in Chapter 2 Section D and its accompanying supplement.

The Errata documents are available in the Downloads section of this webpage.

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