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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

June 04, 2019

Enhanced Assessment Submission & Processing System/User Tool for Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities for October 1, 2019

In March 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began a series of Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES) enhancements, starting with the upgrade of the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Assessment Submission and Processing (ASAP) system. The enhancements to the system for LTCHs is the first of multiple releases, resulting in what is now called the Internet Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (iQIES). These updates aim to reduce provider burden and enhance CMS’s ability to serve our customers.

The release scheduled for October 1, 2019, will include the enhanced Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) patient assessment upload functionality as well as an optional patient assessment user tool that will allow for direct assessment submission to iQIES. This tool will replace jIRVEN and may be used by IRFs as an option to vendor software currently being used to submit assessments. Because iQIES is an Internet facing, cloud based system, it will be more reliable, intuitive, secure, and accessible.

What to Expect/Future Communications

For additional information about the release of iQIES for IRFs, the following communications will be made available in the coming weeks and in subsequent months:

  • iQIES Provider Security Official Request Letter – Instructions on how your organization can assign a “Provider Security Official” and begin the account creation process. We expect to start onboarding IRF Security officials in June 2019.*
  • iQIES Training Video Announcement – Resources for how to navigate the iQIES system and how to utilize the improved functionality.
  • iQIES XML Upload/Assessment Tool Release Announcement- Announcement of October 1st Go-Live date for IRFs
  • iQIES FAQs – Frequently asked questions that will be updated periodically based on end-user feedback to improve the overall experience.

*Although onboarding for IRFs will commence in June, iQIES assessment submission functionality will not be available until October 1, 2019.

Please contact our service desk at: help@qtso.com or by phone: 800-339-9313 with any questions.

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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