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 Q&As
  • Hospital/Quality Initiative Open Door Forum (ODF) Presentations
  • Special Open Door Forum (SODF) Presentations
  • CMS Quality Partner/Vendor Workgroup Presentations

Section GG Training Materials

Section GG Web-based Training Course

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is offering a web-based training course on how to properly code Section GG. This 45-minute course is intended for providers in the following care settings: Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs), Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs), Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs), and Home Health Agencies (HHAs); and is designed to be used on demand anywhere you can access a browser. The course is divided into the following four lessons and includes interactive exercises that allow you to test your knowledge in real-life scenarios:

  • Section GG Cross-Setting Training (45:00)
    • Lesson 1: Importance of Section GG for Post-Acute Care
    • Lesson 2: Section GG Assessment and Coding Principles
    • Lesson 3: Coding GG0130.Self-Care Items
    • Lesson 4: Coding GG0170.Mobility Items

Video Tutorials Available to Assist with Coding Specific Section GG Items

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released short video tutorials to assist providers with coding Section GG. 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.

Updates

May 18, 2021

IRF QRP: Achieving a Full AIF Pre-Training Materials Are Now Available

The training materials for the IRF QRP: Achieving a Full AIF Webinar scheduled for Wednesday, May 19, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET are now available under the Downloads section below. 

If you have not yet registered, please CLICK HERE to register for the IRF QRP: Achieving a Full AIF Webinar.

If you would like your name placed on a list to receive an email notification when the recorded version of the webinar is available, please CLICK HERE to be placed on an email notification list.

If you have questions or need additional information regarding the logistics of this training session, please email the PAC Training mailbox at PACTraining@econometricainc.com.

April 6, 2021

NEW TRAINING AVAILABLE – Assessment of Cognitive Function for IRF Providers Web-Based Training

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 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) for Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) providers. The course includes interactive exercises to test your knowledge related to the assessment and coding of the BIMS. This training should take approximately 45 minutes to complete.

Click here to access the training.

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 Quality Reporting Program Help Desk.

February 12, 2021

NEW TRAINING EVENT – Section N: Medications – Drug Regimen Review Web-Based Training

Section N Web-Based Training is Available

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is offering a web-based training course that provides an overview of the assessment and coding of the Drug Regimen Review Standardized Patient Assessment Data Elements (SPADEs) found in the Medications Section of the guidance manuals.

This 45-minute course is intended for providers in Home Health Agencies (HHAs), Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs), Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs), and Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs), and is designed to be used on demand anywhere you can access a browser.

Click here to access the training.

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 Quality Reporting Program Help Desk.

January 13, 2021

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

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (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 Quality Reporting Programs (QRPs) for Home Health Agencies (HHAs), Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (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 quality measures (QM), 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.

Please click HERE to access the web-based training.

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 Quality Reporting Program Help Desk.

January 13, 2021

NEW TRAINING EVENT – Section M:  Skin Conditions - Assessment and Coding of Pressure Ulcers/Injuries Web-Based Training

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is offering a web-based training course that provides an overview of the assessment and coding of pressure ulcers/injuries. This 90-minute course is intended for providers in Home Health Agencies (HHAs), Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs), Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs), and Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs), and is designed to be used on demand anywhere you can access a browser.

Please click HERE to access the web-based training.

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 Quality Reporting Program Help Desk.

October 28, 2020

NEW TRAINING EVENT – BIMS Video Tutorial

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is releasing a video tutorial to assist providers in Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs) with standardized data assessment guidance and assessment strategies for the cognitive assessment known as the Brief Interview for Mental Status (BIMS). This video tutorial is approximately 22 minutes in length and is designed to provide targeted guidance for accurate coding using live-action patient/resident scenarios.

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.

October 1, 2020

Attention IRF Providers:  Updated IRF QRP COVID-19 PR Tip Sheet is Available

An updated version of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) COVID-19 Public Reporting (PR) Tip Sheet posted on September 8, 2020, is now available. The purpose of this Tip Sheet is to help providers understand CMS’ public reporting strategy for the Post-Acute Care Quality Reporting Program (PAC QRP) in the midst of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE).  This Tip Sheet explains the CMS strategy to account for CMS quality data, which were exempted from public reporting due to COVID-19, and the impact on CMS’ Care Compare website refreshes.  The updated Tip sheet is available in the Downloads section of this webpage below.

May 8, 2020

Delayed: Release of Updated Versions of IRF and LTCH Assessment Instruments (and Supporting Training)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is delaying the release of updated versions of the item sets needed to support the Transfer of Health (TOH) Information Quality Measures and new or revised Standardized Patient Assessment Data Elements (SPADEs) in order to provide maximum flexibilities for providers of Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs) and Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs) to respond to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE).

The release of updated versions of the IRF Patient Assessment Instrument (IRF-PAI) and the LTCH Continuity Assessment Record and Evaluation Data Set (LTCH CARE Data Set) will be delayed until October 1st of the year that is at least 1 full fiscal year after the end of the COVID-19 PHE. For example, if the COVID-19 PHE ends on September 20, 2020, LTCHs and IRFs will be required to begin collecting data using the updated versions of the item sets beginning with patients discharged on October 1, 2021.

Following the PHE, CMS will announce training opportunities for providers via this webpage and announcements sent out via email distribution lists and posted on the Medicare Learning Network.

If you would like to be notified of future training events, please email the PAC Training mailbox.

March 16, 2020

NEW TRAINING EVENT – Introduction to the IRF QRP Web-Based Training

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is offering a web-based training course for those who are new to the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) Quality Reporting Program (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 Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Quality Reporting Program (IRF QRP)?

• Lesson 2: The Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Patient Assessment Instrument (IRF-PAI)

• Lesson 3: IRF-PAI Data Submission

• Lesson 4: IRF QRP Resources

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.

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