SNF Quality Reporting Program Spotlights and Announcements


What’s new with Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs)

Find program guidance and information about our response to COVID-19 here:COVID-19 Updates

Visit the SNF QRP Reconsideration and Exception & Extension webpage for Natural Disaster Protocols 


June 25, 2020

Update: Release of Revised FY 2022 SNF QRP APU Table for Reporting Assessment-Based Measures and SPADES

See the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program Measures and Technical Information web page for additional information:

Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program Measures and Technical Information

June 23, 2020


  • 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 05, 2020

Q&A from the May 7 and 8, 2019 and August 13 and 14, 2019 SNF QRP Provider Trainings Are Available.

A Q&A document supporting the SNF QRP Provider Trainings that took place May 7 and 8, 2019 and August 13 and 14, 2019 are now available in the Downloads section of the SNF QRP Training Page.

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:


March 19, 2020

NEW Video Tutorials Available to Assist with Coding Specific Section GG Items

Accessible from the following webpages:

March 19, 2020

CMS is delaying the Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 v1.18.1 release, which had been scheduled for October 1, 2020, in response to stakeholder concerns. The MDS item sets are used by Nursing Home and Swing Bed providers to collect and submit patient data to CMS. This MDS data informs payment, quality, and the survey process.

In December of 2019, CMS posted a draft of the MDS 3.0 item set v1.18.0 and received feedback from our stakeholders.  We would like to thank the stakeholders for sharing their concerns regarding the proposed changes to the MDS 3.0 item sets and more specifically the removal of the Section G items from OBRA assessments.

The MDS changes CMS planned for October 1, 2020 will now be delayed.  CMS staff are actively engaged in discussions with various stakeholders, regarding the various changes, the impacts of these changes, as well as, the compressed timeline to educate and train facility staff and update software and IT systems.

Please direct any comments or questions regarding the above information to mailbox.

March 16, 2020

NEW TRAINING EVENT – Introduction to the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program Web-Based Training

Can be accessed via the SNF Quality Reporting Program Training webpage.

February 14, 2020

The submission deadline for the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) is approaching. MDS assessment data 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 CASPER 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 the February 18, 2020 deadline on the SNF Quality Reporting Program Data Submission Deadlines webpage.

For more information, visit the QTSO Nursing Home (MDS) Reference & Manuals webpage.

Swingtech sends informational messages to SNFs that are not meeting 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 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 FY 2022 Quick Reference Guides Available

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

January 30, 2020

Publication of FY 2022 SNF Annual Payment Update (APU) Overview Table

The SNF QRP Table for Reporting Assessment-Based Measures and SPADEs for the FY 2022 SNF QRP APU is now available for download on the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program Measures and Technical Information webpage. This table indicates the MDS data elements that are used in determining the APU minimum submission threshold for the FY 2022 SNF QRP determination.


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