LTCH Quality Reporting Training
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has many sources of information about the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) for hospitals and other stakeholders including:
- Training Materials and In-person Training
- Training Q&As
- Special Open Door Forum (SODF) Presentations
May 08, 2020
Delayed: Release of Updated Versions of IRF and LTCH Assessment Instruments (and Supporting Training)
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 Pubic 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 .
October 17, 2019
Video Tutorial Available to Assist with Proper Coding of GG0130A. Eating
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is releasing a short video tutorial to assist providers with coding GG0130A. Eating. This 6-minute video is designed to provided targeted guidance using simulated patient scenarios. To access the video, click on the link below:
- Coding GG0130A. Eating (6:19) https://youtu.be/ihu6PlbAzYY
September 26, 2019
Refresher Webinars on Reporting Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Summary Data
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) invites staff from long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs or LTCHs) to participate in live training webinars. The webinars will cover reporting healthcare personnel (HCP) influenza vaccination summary data to the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).
These are refresher trainings, as the reporting requirements have not changed from last year’s influenza season. The trainings will review topics such as requirements for collecting HCP influenza vaccination summary data and entering data into NHSN.
The webinars will be presented at the date and time listed below:
Training Webinar for Long-term Acute Care Hospitals
- Thursday, October 3, 2019 from 12:30 PM-1:30 PM ET
Facilities can register for a webinar using this link: https://www2.cdc.gov/vaccines/ed/nhsn/registration/.
For questions on HCP influenza vaccination summary data reporting, please send an e-mail to: NHSN@cdc.gov and include “HPS Flu Summary” and your facility type in the subject line.
June 26, 2019
NEW TRAINING EVENT — Updated 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 of 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:
• 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
If you have technical questions or feedback regarding the training, please email the PAC Training mailbox. Content-related questions should be submitted to the Quality Reporting Program Help Desk for your care setting.
June 07, 2019
Video Tutorials Available to Assist with Coding Specific Section GG Items
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is releasing a series of short videos to assist providers with coding select Section GG items on the OASIS, IRF-PAI, LTCH CARE Data Set, and the MDS. These videos, ranging from 4-12 minutes, are designed to provided targeted guidance using simulated patient scenarios. To access the videos, click on the links below:
• Coding GG0130B. Oral Hygiene (4:25) (YouTube)
January 25, 2019
Section GG Decision Tree Training Document Now Available
A decision tree training document is available in the Downloads section below to help with coding Section GG self-care and mobility data elements is now available. This document provides an overview of the 6 codes and coding instructions for admission/discharge.