Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Measures Information

The purpose of this webpage is to provide information on the measures reported by LTCHs in accordance with the LTCH QRP. On this page, you will find descriptions of each measure, links to measure specifications, and other measure-related information. This page is revised as measure updates become available.

What are the LTCH QRP measures?

Measures adopted for and removed from the LTCH QRP are listed below. Several are endorsed by the National Quality Forum (NQF), a consensus-based entity contracted by the Secretary to guide the selection of performance measures for federal health programs. Data for the LTCH QRP measures are collected and submitted through three methods:

  • LTCH Continuity Assessment Record and Evaluation (CARE) Data Set (LCDS)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN)
  • Medicare Fee-For-Service Claims

LCDS Assessment-Based Measures

Data collected using the LCDS and submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) via the Internet Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (iQIES):

LTCH QRP Measure #1. Application of Percent of Residents Experiencing One or More Falls with Major Injury (Long Stay) (NQF #0674)

This measure was initially finalized in the FY 2014 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS)/LTCH Prospective Payment System (PPS) Final Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on August 19, 2013 (78 FR 50874 through 50877). The measure was adopted as an IMPACT Act measure in the FY 2016 IPPS/LTCH PPS Final Rule (80 FR 49736 through 49739). Data collection for this measure began on April 1, 2016.

LTCH QRP Measure #2. Percent of Long-Term Care Hospital Patients with an Admission and Discharge Functional Assessment and a Care Plan That Addresses Function

This measure was finalized in the FY 2015 IPPS/LTCH PPS Final Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on August 22, 2014 (79 FR 50291 through 50298). Data collection for this measure began on April 1, 2016.

LTCH QRP Measure #3. Application of Percent of Long-Term Care Hospital Patients with an Admission and Discharge Functional Assessment and a Care Plan That Addresses Function

This measure was finalized in the FY 2016 IPPS/LTCH PPS Final Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on August 17, 2015 (80 FR 49739 through 49747). Data collection for this measure began on April 1, 2016.

LTCH QRP Measure #4. Functional Outcome Measure: Change in Mobility Among Long-Term Care Hospital Patients Requiring Ventilator Support (NQF #2632)

This measure was finalized in the FY 2015 IPPS/LTCH PPS Final Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on August 22, 2014 (79 FR 50298 through 50301). Data collection for this measure began on April 1, 2016.

LTCH QRP Measure #5. Drug Regimen Review Conducted with Follow-Up for Identified Issues – Post-Acute Care (PAC) Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Quality Reporting Program (QRP)

This measure was finalized in the FY 2017 IPPS/LTCH PPS Final Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on August 22, 2016 (81 FR 57219 through 57223). Data collection for this measure began on July 1, 2018.

LTCH QRP Measure #6. Changes in Skin Integrity Post-Acute Care: Pressure Ulcer/Injury

This measure was finalized in the FY 2018 IPPS/LTCH PPS Final Rule, which was published on August 14, 2017 (82 FR 38433 through 38439). Data collection for this measure began on July 1, 2018. This measure replaced Percent of Residents or Patients with Pressure Ulcers That Are New or Worsened (NQF #0678).

LTCH QRP Measure #7. Compliance with Spontaneous Breathing Trial (SBT) by Day 2 of the LTCH Stay

This measure was finalized in the FY 2018 IPPS/LTCH PPS Final Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on August 14, 2017 (82 FR 38439 through 38433). Data collection for this measure began on July 1, 2018.

LTCH QRP Measure #8. Ventilator Liberation Rate

This measure was finalized in the FY 2018 IPPS/LTCH PPS Final Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on August 14, 2017 (82 FR 38433 through 38446). Data collection for this measure began on July 1, 2018.

LTCH QRP Measure #9. Transfer of Health Information to the Provider Post-Acute Care

This measure was finalized in the FY 2020 IPPS/LTCH PPS Final Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on August 16, 2019 (84 FR 42527 through 42532). Data collection for this measure begins on October 1, 2022.

LTCH QRP Measure #10. Transfer of Health Information to the Patient Post-Acute Care

This measure was finalized in the FY 2020 IPPS/LTCH PPS Final Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on August 16, 2019 (84 FR 42532 through 42535). Data collection for this measure begins on October 1, 2022.

For more detailed information on data collection and submission deadlines, please refer to the LTCH Quality Reporting Data Submission Deadlines webpage. For more information on the data sets and guidance related to the collection and reporting of assessment data, please refer to the LCDS assessment instrument and specifically Chapter 3 of the LTCH QRP Manual located on the LTCH CARE Data Set & LTCH QRP Manual webpage.

CDC NHSN Measures

Data for these measures are submitted via the CDC’s NHSN:

LTCH QRP Measure #11. National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) Outcome Measure (NQF #0138)

This measure was finalized in the FY 2013 IPPS/LTCH PPS Final Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on August 31, 2012 (77 FR 53616 through 53619). Data submission for this measure began on October 1, 2012.

LTCH QRP Measure #12. National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI) Outcome Measure (NQF #0139)

This measure was finalized in the FY 2013 IPPS/LTCH PPS Final Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on August 31, 2012 (77 FR 53616 through 53619). Data submission for this measure began on October 01, 2012.

LTCH QRP Measure #13. National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Facility-Wide Inpatient Hospital-onset Clostridium difficile Infection (CDI) Outcome Measure (NQF #1717)

This measure was finalized in the FY 2014 IPPS/LTCH PPS Final Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on August 19, 2013 (78 FR 50865 through 50868). Data submission for this measure began on January 1, 2015.

LTCH QRP Measure #14. Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Healthcare Personnel (NQF #0431)

This measure was finalized in the FY 2013 IPPS/LTCH PPS Final Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on August 31, 2012 (77 FR 53630 through 53631). The data submission time frame was revised in the FY 2014 IPPS/LTCH PPS Final Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on August 19, 2013 (78 FR 50878 through 50881). Data submission for this measure began on October 1, 2014.

LTCH QRP Measure #15:  COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage among Healthcare Personnel (HCP)

This measure was finalized in the FY2022 IPPS/LTCH PPS Final Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on August 13, 2021 (86 FR.45438 through 45446).  Data submission for this measure began October 1, 2021.

Medicare Fee-For-Service Claims-Based Measures

The following are Medicare Fee-For-Service Claims-based measures. Because claims-based measures can be calculated using data that have already been submitted to the Medicare program for payment purposes, no additional information collection is required from LTCHs.

LTCH QRP Measure #16. Discharge to Community – Post-Acute Care (PAC) Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) (NQF #3480)

This measure was finalized in the FY 2017 IPPS/LTCH PPS Final Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on August 22, 2016 (81 FR 57207 through 57215). Data for this measure began with CY 2016 claims data.

LTCH QRP Measure #17. Medicare Spending Per Beneficiary – Post-Acute Care (PAC) Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) (NQF #3562)

This measure was finalized in the FY 2017 IPPS/LTCH PPS Final Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on August 22, 2016 (81 FR 57199 through 57207). Data for this measure began with CY 2016 claims data.

LTCH QRP Measure #18. Potentially Preventable 30-Days Post-Discharge Readmission Measure for Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Quality Reporting Program (QRP)

This measure was finalized in the FY 2017 IPPS/LTCH PPS Final Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on August 22, 2016 (81 FR 57215 through 57219). Data for this measure began with CY 2016 claims data.

Measures Removed from LTCH QRP

1. Percent of Residents or Patients with Pressure Ulcers That Are New or Worsened (NQF #0678)

An application of the measure was finalized in the FY 2012 IPPS/LTCH PPS Final Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on August 18, 2011 (76 FR 51743). The NQF-endorsed, risk-adjusted version of the measure was adopted in the FY 2014 IPPS/LTCH PPS Final Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on August 19, 2013 (78 FR 50861 through 50863). This measure was finalized as an IMPACT Act measure in the FY 2016 IPPS/LTCH PPS Final Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on August 17, 2015 (80 FR 49731 through 49736). Data collection for this measure began on October 1, 2012. As finalized in the FY 2018 IPPS/LTCH PPS Final Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on August 14, 2017 (82 FR 38433 through 38439), this measure was replaced by a modified version of the measure entitled Changes in Skin Integrity Post-Acute Care: Pressure Ulcer/Injury beginning on July 1, 2018.

2. Percent of Residents or Patients Who Were Assessed and Appropriately Given the Seasonal Influenza Vaccine (Short Stay) (NQF #0680)

This measure was finalized in the FY 2013 IPPS/LTCH PPS Final Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on August 31, 2012 (77 FR 53624 through 53627). The data collection time frame was revised in the FY 2017 IPPS/LTCH PPS Final Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on August 22, 2016 (81 FR 57227 through 57229). Data collection for this measure began on October 1, 2014. This measure was finalized for removal in the FY 2019 IPPS/LTCH PPS Final Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on August 17, 2018 (83 FR 41632 through 41633).  Data collection for this measure ended on October 1, 2018.

3. National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Facility-Wide Inpatient Hospital-onset Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia Outcome Measure (NQF #1716)

This measure was finalized in the FY 2014 IPPS/LTCH PPS Final Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on August 19, 2013 (78 FR 50863 through 50865). Data collection for this measure began on January 1, 2015. The data for this measure was submitted via CDC/NHSN. This measure was finalized for removal in the FY 2019 IPPS/LTCH PPS Final Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on August 17, 2018 (83 FR 41628 through 41630).  Data collection for this measure ended on October 1, 2018.

4. National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Ventilator-Associated Event (VAE) Outcome Measure

This measure was finalized in the FY 2015 IPPS/LTCH PPS Final Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on August 22, 2014 (79 FR 50301 through 50305). Data collection for this measure began on January 1, 2016. Data collection for this measure began on January 1, 2016. The data for this measure were submitted via CDC/NHSN. This measure was finalized for removal in the FY 2019 IPPS/LTCH PPS Final Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on August 17, 2018 (83 FR 41630 through 41632). Data collection for this measure ended on October 1, 2018.

5. All-Cause Unplanned Readmission Measure for 30 Days Post-Discharge from Long-Term Care Hospitals (NQF #2512)

This measure was finalized in the FY 2014 IPPS/LTCH PPS Final Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on August 19, 2013 (78 FR 50868 through 50874). As finalized in the FY 2018 IPPS/LTCH PPS Final Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on August 14, 2017 (82 FR 38446 through 38447), this measure was removed from the LTCH QRP beginning with the FY 2019 LTCH QRP.

Updates


September 22, 2022

LTCH QRP APU Table for FY 2025

A table providing the data elements that will be required to meet the Annual Payment Update (APU) minimum data completion threshold for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2025 Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) is available in the Downloads section of this webpage.

September 2, 2022

LTCH QRP Quality Measure Calculations and Reporting User’s Manual V4.0, Change Table, and Risk Adjustment Appendix File – Now Available

The Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Quality Measure Calculations and Reporting User’s Manual Version 4.0 is now available. This document serves as an update to the specifications used to calculate quality measures that are included in the LTCH QRP. Additionally, the LTCH QRP Measure Calculations and Reporting User’s Manual Change Table Version 4.0 is now available. This document provides a summary of measure-related changes between Version 4.0 of the LTCH QRP Measure Calculations and Reporting User’s Manual and Version 3.1.2 of the LTCH QRP Measure Calculations and Reporting User’s Manual Addendum specified in change table format. Furthermore, the Risk Adjustment Appendix File for the LTCH QRP Measure’s Calculations and Reporting User’s Manual Version 4.0, which contains risk-adjustment values used to calculate the risk-adjusted quality measures are available.

These files are effective October 1, 2022 and can be accessed in the Downloads section of this webpage.

 

November 10, 2021

LTCH QRP APU Table for FY 2024

A table providing the data elements that will be required to meet the Annual Payment Update (APU) minimum data completion threshold for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) is available in the Downloads section.

November 3, 2020

LTCH QRP Measure Calculations and Reporting User’s Manual V3.1.2

The Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Measure Calculations and Reporting User’s Manual Version 3.1.2 addendum and associated risk adjustment appendix are now available in the Downloads section below.

The manual serves as an addendum that communicates quality measure updates to the LTCH QRP Measure Calculations and Reporting User’s Manual Version 3.1 and replaces the LTCH QRP Measure Calculations and Reporting User’s Manual Version 3.1.1. The LTCH QRP Measure Calculations and Reporting User’s Manual V3.1.2 is effective on October 1, 2020 and provides information on measure-related changes in a change table format in lieu of a complete update to the overall manual. Additionally, the updated Risk Adjustment Appendix file for the LTCH QRP Measure Calculations and Reporting User’s Manual V3.1.2 is included and replaces the Risk Adjustment Appendix file for the LTCH QRP Measure Calculations and Reporting User’s Manual V3.1.1.

Additional updates to the quality measure specifications in the manual V3.1.2, which are not included in the manual V3.1.1, are corrections to the LTCH Ventilator Liberation Rate (VLR) measure’s calculation formulae. The predicted score formula and expected score formula were corrected, and existing formulae and variable definitions originally defined in the LTCH QRP Measure Calculations and Reporting User’s Manual V3.1 were revised to reflect the corrected formulae. The only changes to the Risk Adjustment Appendix for manual V3.1.2 are updated language referencing the VLR measure and the LTCH QRP Measure Calculations and Reporting User’s Manual V3.1.2 addendum. No coefficient values were changed between the Risk Adjustment Appendices for manual V3.1.2 and manual V3.1.1.

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