Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Spotlights & Announcements

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Updates

November 19, 2020

Important! Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Compare will be going away soon, but you'll still be able to find the same information about Long-Term Care Hospitals and other health care providers on Care Compare on Medicare.gov. The Provider Data Catalog on CMS.gov also makes it easier for you to search & download our publicly reported data. Start using these tools today.

November 03, 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 its associated risk adjustment appendix are now available on the LTCH Quality Reporting Measures Information page. This 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.This update provides corrections to LTCH Ventilator Liberation Rate measure’s calculation formulae. Similarly, the V3.1.2 risk adjustment appendix replaces the V3.1.1 risk adjustment appendix. The V3.1.2 risk adjustment appendix only includes updates to language that references the manual V3.1.2 addendum.

October 15, 2020

Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Measure Calculations and Reporting User’s Manual V3.1.2

The LTCH QRP Measure Calculations and Reporting User’s Manual Version 3.1.2 is now available on the LTCH QRP Measures Information page. This document 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.This update provides corrections to LTCH Ventilator Liberation Rate measure’s formulae.

October 1, 2020

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

CMS has updated the recently posted LTCH COVID-19 PR Tip Sheet, and the new version is now available.    

Please navigate to the LTCH QRP Training webpage to download this document.

September 24, 2020

Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Provider Preview Reports – Now Available

LTCH Provider Preview Reports have been updated and are now available. Please note that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) postponed the September 2020 LTCH refresh to December 2020 due to technical issues. These reports contain provider performance scores for quality measures, which will be published on LTCH Compare and the new CMS Care Compare site during the December 2020 refresh.

For more information, please visit the LTCH Quality Reporting Public Reporting webpage or LTCH Compare.

September 16, 2020

Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Continuity Assessment Record and Evaluation (CARE) Data Set Quarterly Q&As, September 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is publishing the LTCH CARE Data Set (LCDS) Quarterly Q&As September 2020 document so that all LTCH providers have the benefit of the updates/clarifications to guidance. CMS occasionally identifies the opportunity to clarify or refine guidance. Moving forward, CMS plans to publish LCDS Q&As on a quarterly basis.

The Quarterly Q&As document can be accessed via the LTCH CARE Data Set and LTCH QRP Manual webpage.

September 8, 2020

Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Measure Calculations and Reporting User’s Manual V3.1.1

The LTCH QRP Measure Calculations and Reporting User’s Manual Version 3.1.1 and associated risk adjustment appendix and are available on the LTCH QRP Measures Information webpage.

September 8, 2020

LTCH QRP COVID-19 PR Tip Sheet is Available

The LTCH COVID-19 PR Tip Sheet is now available. The purpose of this Tip Sheet is to help providers understand CMS’ public reporting strategy for the 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’ Long Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Compare website refreshes. Please navigate to the LTCH QRP Training webpage to download this document.

September 01, 2020

Introduction to the Long-Term Care Hospital Quality Reporting Program-please access training using link below.

https://pac.training/courses/LTCH_QRP_Intro/#/

August 11, 2020

LTCH QRP Data Collection & Final Submission Deadlines for the FY 2022

A table providing the data collection time frames and final submission deadlines for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) is available in the Downloads section of the LTCH Quality Reporting Data Submission Deadlines webpage.

July 24, 2020

LTCH QRP COVID-19 PHE Tip Sheet is Available

The LTCH COVID-19 PHE Tip Sheet is now available. This tip sheet is designed to assist Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) providers in understanding the status of the LTCH Quality Reporting Program (QRP) during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE). Also provided is practical guidance to address LTCH quality data submission requirements starting July 1, 2020, now that the temporary LTCH QRP exemptions from the COVID-19 PHE have ended. Please navigate to the LTCH QRP Training webpage to download this document.

July 13, 2020

LTCH Quality Reporting Program: Non-Compliance Notifications. Reconsiderations are due by August 18, 2020.

CMS is providing notifications to Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs) that were determined to be out of compliance with LTCH Quality Reporting Program (QRP) requirements for calendar year (CY) 2019, which will affect their fiscal year (FY) 2021 Annual Payment Update (APU). Non-compliance notifications will be distributed by the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and will also be placed into facilities’ My Reports folders in iQIES on July 13, 2020. Either notification is official notice of non-compliance. Facilities that receive a letter of non-compliance may submit a request for reconsideration to CMS via email no later than 11:59:59 EST, August 18, 2020. If you receive a notice of non-compliance and would like to request a reconsideration, see the instructions in your notification letter and on the LTCH Quality Reporting Reconsideration and Exception & Extension webpage.

Please note: Any reconsideration containing protected health information (PHI) will not be processed. All PHI must be removed in order for a reconsideration to be reviewed.

June 23, 2020

Reminder

  • Quality Reporting Programs are expected to report their quality data to meet requirements starting Quarter 3, which begins July 1, 2020. 

The March 27, 2020 Medicare Learning Network Newsletter (MLN) Exceptions and Extensions for Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Requirements that includes Skilled Nursing Facilities, Home Health Agencies, Hospices, Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities, and Long-Term Care Hospitals (hereafter referred to as post-acute care (PAC) programs) applies only to Quarter 4 of 2019 (October 1-December 31, 2019) and Quarters 1 and 2 of 2020 (January 1-June 30, 2020). Providers are expected to report data and meet the QRP requirements beginning with Quarter 3, 2020 that starts July 1, 2020.

 As stated in that March 27, 2020 MLN Newsletter, “In some instances, these exceptions and extensions are granted because the data collected may be greatly impacted by the response to COVID-19 and therefore should not be considered in the quality reporting program. CMS is closely monitoring the situation for potential adjustments and will update exception lists, exempted reporting periods, and submission deadlines accordingly as events occur.”

Starting with Quarter 3 that begins July 1, 2020, CMS expects providers to report their quality data. CMS will analyze the data for each program recognizing that the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) remains in effect and could impact the quality data submitted. CMS will closely monitor the situation for public reporting of the data and provide any updates.

June 18, 2020

LTCH Provider Preview Reports- Now Available

Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Provider Preview Reports have been updated and are now available. These reports contain provider performance scores on quality measures, which will be published on LTCH Compare during the September 2020 refresh.

For more information:

June 17, 2020

Delayed: Release of Updated LCDS Version 5.0 and Supporting Materials

See the LTCH CARE Data Set & LTCH QRP Manual web page for additional information about the assessment instrument and accompanying guidance manual:

LTCH CARE Data Set & LTCH QRP Manual

See the LTCH Quality Reporting Training web page for additional information:

LTCH Quality Reporting Training

See the LTCH Quality Reporting Measures Information web page for additional information about the FY 2022 LTCH QRP APU Table for Reporting Assessment-Based Measures and SPADES:

LTCH Quality Reporting Measures Information

May 08, 2020

Delayed: Release of Updated Versions of Post-Acute Care Assessment Instruments (and Supporting Training)

See one of the following QRP Training web pages for additional information:

April 7, 2020

POSTPONED: SPADEs In-Depth Training for LTCH and IRF Providers

As the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to respond to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we want to reduce burden where possible so that clinicians and their staff, vendors, and other partners can focus on what’s important, caring for patients.  At this time, we will be postponing the SPADEs In-Depth Training for LTCH and IRF Providers scheduled for June 9 and 10, 2020 in Baltimore, MD. CMS will send out more information when this event is rescheduled at a more appropriate time.

March 27, 2020

POSTPONED: April 2020 Overview of the SPADEs Webinar for LTCH and IRF Providers

As the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to respond to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we want to reduce burden where possible so that clinicians and their staff, vendors and other partners can focus on what’s important, caring for patients. At this time, we will be postponing the April 2020 Overview of the SPADEs Webinar for LTCH and IRF Providers on April 14, 2020 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. ET. CMS will send out more information when this event is rescheduled at a more appropriate time.

March 12, 2020

LTCH Provider Preview Reports - Now Available

Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Provider Preview Reports have been updated and are now available. These reports contain provider performance scores on quality measures, which will be published on LTCH Compare during the June 2020 refresh.

For more information:

March 11, 2020

LTCH Compare Quarterly Refresh - Now Available

The March 2020 Quarterly Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Compare refresh is now available.

Please visit the LTCH Compare website to view the updated quality data.

For more information:

March 9, 2020

REGISTRATION POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 – April 2020 Overview of the SPADEs Webinar for LTCH and IRF Providers

March 02, 2020

REGISTRATION POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19 – SPADEs In-Depth Training for LTCH and IRF Providers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be hosting a 2-day training event for Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) and Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) providers on June 9 and 10, 2020, in Baltimore, MD. Click on one of the following links for additional information:

February 14, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is preparing to make the Long Term Care Hospital Continuity Assessment Record and Evaluation (CARE) Data Set data available via the Research Data Assistance Center (ResDAC), alongside other CMS assessment data.  We will be initially releasing data from Quarter 4 2012 through Quarter 4 2018. 

February 14, 2020

The submission deadline for the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) is approaching. LTCH CARE Data Set assessment data and data submitted via the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) for July 1 – September 30 (Q3) of calendar year (CY) 2019 are due with this submission deadline.

All data must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on February 18, 2020.

It is recommended that the applicable CMS iQIES reports and NHSN analysis reports are run prior to each quarterly reporting deadline to ensure that all required data were submitted. We encourage you to verify all facility information prior to submission, including CCN and facility name.

View the list of measures required for this deadline on the LTCH Quality Reporting Data Submission Deadlines webpage.

For additional information, visit:

Flu Season Reminder: Data collection for the FY 2021 Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Healthcare Personnel (NQF #0431) measure began October 1, 2019 and continues through March 31, 2020. While data for the Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination measure is not due until the May 18, 2020 deadline, providers are encouraged to report data on this measure as soon as they are available. For more information, visit the NHSN website.

Swingtech sends informational messages to LTCHs that are not meeting their Annual Payment Update (APU) thresholds on a quarterly basis ahead of each submission deadline. If you need to add or change the email addresses to which these messages are sent, please email QRPHelp@swingtech.com and be sure to include your facility name and CMS Certification Number (CCN) along with any requested email updates.

February 11, 2020

FISCAL YEAR (FY)2021 and FY2022 Quick Reference Guides Available

Quick Reference Guides for FY2021 and FY2022 are now available in the Downloads section of the LTCH Quality Reporting Data Submission Deadlines webpage. The Quick Reference Guides provide high-level information on the LTCH Quality Reporting Program, including frequently asked questions and helpful links.

February 3, 2020

NEW TRAINING EVENT — Upcoming PAC QRP Reporting Requirements and FY 2020 Training Resources can be accessed from the following webpages: SNF Quality Reporting Training, IRF Quality Reporting Training, LTCH Quality Reporting Training, Home Health Quality Reporting Training.

 

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