Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Training

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has many sources of information about the IRF QRP for hospitals and other stakeholders including:

  • Training Materials and In-person Training
  • Training Question and Answers (Q&As)
  • Hospital/Quality Initiative Open Door Forum (ODF) Presentations
  • Special Open Door Forum (SODF) Presentations
  • CMS Quality Partner/Vendor Workgroup Presentations

This page is organized to be a library of training materials available to IRFs. Trainings added to this page in the most recent six months will display as *NEW*.

If you have technical questions or feedback regarding the training, please email the PAC Training mailbox. Content-related questions should be submitted to the IRF QRP Help Desk.


Introduction to the IRF QRP Web-Based Training

CMS offers a web-based training course for those who are new to the IRF QRP. The Introduction to the IRF QRP course is designed to provide a general overview of the program as well as a variety of links and resources for additional information. Specific topics include:

  • Lesson 1: What is the IRF QRP?
  • Lesson 2: The Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Patient Assessment Instrument (IRF-PAI)
  • Lesson 3: IRF-PAI Data Submission
  • Lesson 4: IRF QRP Resources

From Data Elements to Quality Measures – Cross-Setting QRP Web-Based Training.

CMS is offering a web-based training course that provides a high-level overview of how data elements within CMS patient/resident assessment instruments are used to construct quality measures (QMs) across post-acute care (PAC) settings. The PAC settings included are those covered under the CMS QRPs for Home Health Agencies (HHAs), IRFs, Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs) and Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs). Information covered in this 60-minutes course will include a short review of the QRPs’ cross-setting QMs, how data elements feed into these cross-setting QMs, how QMs are calculated and appear on QM reports and how to access and use this data for quality improvement.

Achieving a Full AIF Webinar

A video of the IRF QRP: Achieving a Full Annual Increase Factor (AIF) webinar that took place on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, is available to view on YouTube at the following link: https://youtu.be/Jk2_2tqwg88. The training materials are here:

Section C Training Materials

Cognitive Assessment

CMS is offering a web-based training that provides an overview of the approaches to conducting a standardized cognitive assessment and the Brief Interview for Mental Status (BIMS). The course includes interactive exercises to test your knowledge related to the assessment and coding of the BIMS and should take approximately 45 minutes to complete.

Section GG Training Materials

Section GG Web-based Training Course

*NEW UPDATED October 26, 2021*- Section GG 3-Course Training Series

CMS is offering an updated web-based training series on the assessment and coding of Section GG. This training is designed to be used on demand anywhere you can access a browser and includes interactive exercises to test your knowledge related to the assessment and coding of Section GG items. This training series consists of three courses:

Video Tutorials Available to Assist with Coding Specific Section GG Items

These videos, ranging from 4 to 12 minutes, are designed to provide targeted guidance using simulated patient scenarios. To access the videos, click on the links below.

Section J Training Materials

Health Conditions: Coding the Standardized Patient Assessment Data Elements Related to Falls

This 45-minute web-based training provides an overview of the assessment and coding of the standardized patient assessment data elements in Section J: Health Conditions and is designed to include interactive exercises to test your knowledge. To access the videos, click the links below.

Section M Training Materials

Assessment and Coding of Pressure Ulcers/Injuries

This 90-minute web-based training provides an overview of the assessment and coding of the standardized patient assessment data elements in Section M: Skin Conditions and is designed to include interactive exercises to test your knowledge. To access the videos, click the links below.

Section N Training Materials

Medications – Drug Regimen Review

This 45-minute web-based training provides an overview of the assessment and coding of the Drug Regimen Review standardized patient assessment data elements to Section N and is designed to be used on demand anywhere you can access a browser. To access the videos, click the links below.

Job Aids

CMS is offering companion job aids to assist providers in the assessment and coding of assessment items. The job aids provide clinically relevant information to assist providers in understanding specific guidelines and clinical considerations that should be applied to coding these items. The job aids are provided in multiple file types designed for printing, viewing, or sharing electronically. An explanation of the file types is provided in the ZIP file.

*NEW November 10, 2021* - Job Aids – GG0130A. Eating, GG0130B. Oral Hygiene, GG0130C. Toileting Hygiene, GG0130E. Shower/Bathe Self, GG0130F. Upper Body Dressing, GG0130G. Lower Body Dressing, and GG0130H. Putting On/Taking Off Footwear

Pocket Guides / Badge Buddies

CMS is offering Pocket Guides to assist providers in the assessment and coding of assessment items. The pocket guides provide a quick reference for important terms and definitions that promote coding accuracy. These pocket guides are approximately 2 x 3.5 inches in size and are designed to be worn behind a provider identification badge.

*NEW November 10, 2021* - Quick Assessment Reference Pocket Guides / Badge Buddies for Coding

IRF QRP Tip Sheets

The purpose of the tip sheets are to help providers understand the CMS public reporting strategy for the IRF QRP to account for CMS quality data submissions that were optional and excepted from public reporting due to the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). The tip sheets also outline the impact on the CMS’ Care Compare website refreshes.

*NEW January 26, 2022* - Second Edition Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility QRP Public Reporting Tip Sheet

Updates

May 25, 2022

TRAINING MATERIALS AVAILABLE: The Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) and Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Updated Guidance Virtual Training Program – Prerecorded Training Videos

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is providing a virtual training program that will review the updated guidance for the IRF Patient Assessment Instrument (IRF-PAI) 4.0 and the LTCH CARE Data Set (LCDS 5.0) for providers in the IRF and LTCH settings.

The Part 1 preconference training videos of the Virtual Training Program are now available to view on YouTube. The recorded training session videos deliver foundational knowledge necessary to understand the new items and guidance.

The Part 2 live, virtual workshop sessions of the Virtual Training Program will be recorded and available after the conclusion of the event. These sessions provide coding practice on the items covered in the Part 1 videos.

If you have questions about accessing resources or feedback regarding the trainings, please email the PAC Training Mailbox. Content-related questions should be submitted to the IRF QRP Help Desk.

May 9, 2022

NEW RESOURCE AVAILABLE:  The Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) and Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Updated Guidance Virtual Training Program – Part 1

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is providing a virtual training program that will review the updated guidance for the IRF Patient Assessment Instrument (IRF-PAI) 4.0 and the LTCH Continuity Assessment Record and Evaluation (CARE) Data Set (LCDS) 5.0 for providers in the IRF and LTCH settings.

Part 1 of the Virtual Training Program is now available. The recorded training session videos deliver foundational knowledge necessary to understand the new items and guidance*. The videos are intended to be reviewed in advance of the live event. If you are registered for the event, you will receive access information via email.

Part 2 will take place on June 1516, 2022 and consists of live, virtual workshop sessions that will provide coding practice on the items covered in the Part 1 videos. These live sessions will take place each day between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. ET.

*CMS will post the Section D: Patient Mood Interview and Total Severity Score training ​at a later date. Please continue to track this site for updates.

If you have questions about accessing resources or feedback regarding the trainings, please email the PAC Training Mailbox. Content-related questions should be submitted to the IRF QRP Help Desk.

April 25, 2022

REGISTRATION OPEN: The Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) and Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Updated Guidance Virtual Training Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be providing a virtual training program that will review the updated guidance for the IRF Patient Assessment Instrument (IRF-PAI) 4.0 and the LTCH Continuity Assessment Record and Evaluation (CARE) Data Set (LCDS) 5.0 for providers in the IRF and LTCH settings. This training is part of a comprehensive strategy to ensure IRF and LTCH providers have access to the education necessary to understand and comply with changes in reporting requirements associated with the IRF and LTCH Quality Reporting Programs (QRPs) that go into effect on October 1, 2022. A major focus of this training will be on the cross-setting implementation of the standardized patient assessment data elements being introduced in 2022 to ensure more consistent reporting and evaluation across post-acute care settings.

The training program consists of two parts:

  • Part 1: Beginning May 9, 2022: Access will be provided to recorded training session videos that deliver foundational knowledge necessary to understand the new items and guidance. These videos are intended to be reviewed in advance of the live event.
  • Part 2: June 1516, 2022: Live, virtual workshop sessions will provide coding practice on the items covered in the Part 1 videos. These live sessions will take place each day between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. ET.

Registration can be completed online through the following link: https://www.regpack.com/reg/IRF-LTCH

If you have questions about accessing resources or feedback regarding the trainings, please email the PAC Training Mailbox. Content-related questions should be submitted to the IRF QRP Help Desk.

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