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IRF Quality Reporting Technical Information

The purpose of this web page is to provide technical updates and resources related to IRF data collection, submission of quality data, information regarding the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), and the IRF- Patient Assessment Instrument (PAI). Users may also find contact information on this page for where to direct questions related to technical issues.

This page is updated periodically as updates to technical information, IRF-PAI Submission Specifications, and reporting tools related to data submission become available.

Comments and Questions:

For questions about IRF-PAI data coding or IRF-PAI data submission:

Phone: 1-800-339-9313, e-mail: help@qtso.com, or https://qtso.cms.gov/

For questions related to technical issues:  IRFTechIssues@cms.hhs.gov

For the Quality Improvement and Evaluation Systems (QIES) Technical Support Office: help@qtso.com

March 05, 2019 

CMS is updating the Quality Improvement and Evaluation System 

Starting in March, the Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES), Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reports (CASPER) and Automated Survey Processing Environment (ASPEN) will undergo a series of modernizing enhancements. Once updated, the system will be called the Internet Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (iQIES). The iQIES system will not change how providers currently submit data to CMS.

The new enhancements in iQIES are based on user research and testing and feature a human-centered design and agile development practices. CMS is phasing in the iQIES system beginning with Long Term Care Hospitals (LTCH). Several updates to the QIES- Assessment Submission and Processing (ASAP) system are also planned. The Cloud-based solutions will also make it easier for users to receive support and use the system.

iQIES Details:

  • Users will no longer need a virtual private network (VPN) or CMSNet to access the system. iQIES is Internet-facing and maintains the latest system architecture and security standards.
  • System enhancements support flexible and user-friendly data reports for providers, allowing them to use real-time data for care planning as well as quality monitoring and improvement.
  • Users can access important information for work anywhere, at any time, on mobile devices, laptops, and tablets.

CMS will be sharing more information about iQIES such as onboarding, stakeholder engagement opportunities, training, and general updates soon!

If you have questions, please contact our service desk at: help@qtso.com or by phone: 800-339-9313.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network Website

Information related to the procedures using the NHSN for data submission for CAUTI, MRSA, CDI, and the Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Healthcare Personnel measures can be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/nhsn

For NHSN questions: NHSN@cdc.gov

Data Collection Software: jIRVEN

The Inpatient Rehabilitation Validation and Entry System (jIRVEN) was developed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). jIRVEN is a free Java based software application which provides an option for Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities to collect and maintain Patient Assessment Instrument (PAI) information. jIRVEN displays the IRF Patient Assessment Instrument (IRF-PAI) similar to the paper version of the forms. Facilities are able to enter and subsequently export their data from the application for submission to the appropriate national data repository. Please consult the jIRVEN Installation and User Guides for additional information. Click here to access the IRF PPS software page for more information related to jIRVEN software and related updates.
 
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