Confidential Feedback Reporting & Review and Corrections

Since October 2016, CMS has provided SNFs with quarterly confidential feedback reports. These reports contain information about SNFs’ performance on the readmission measure specified for the SNF VBP Program. Quarterly reports are distributed to SNFs via the Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES)/Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reports (CASPER) reporting system; quarterly reports cannot be transmitted by any means other than CASPER, as they contain protected health information. Instructions for accessing quarterly reports in CASPER can be found in the Accessing Your SNF VBP Confidential Feedback Reports (PDF) tutorial. For assistance obtaining access to quarterly reports in CASPER, contact the QIES Technical Support Office Help Desk at iqies@cms.hhs.gov. CMS distributes four quarterly confidential feedback reports each year: an Interim (Partial-Year) Workbook, two Full-Year Workbooks (one each for the baseline period and performance period), and a Performance Score Report.

Interim (Partial-Year) Workbook:

  • Generally released in March of each year
  • Contains less than a full year of data
  • Contains stay-level information only
  • Contains data that are not considered final

Full-Year Workbooks:

  • Generally released in December (baseline period data) and June (performance period data) of each year
  • Contain a full year of data
  • Contain stay-level and facility-level information (i.e., SNF 30-Day All-Cause Readmission Measure [SNFRM] results)
  • Contain data that are considered final

 Performance Score Report:

  • Generally released in August of each year
  • Contain baseline and performance period SNFRM results, performance score, SNF VBP Program rank, and incentive payment multiplier impacting the upcoming payment year

Review and Corrections

The SNF VBP Program Review and Correction (R&C) process has two phases. Correction requests are accepted for up to 30 calendar days after dissemination of the applicable report.

  • Phase 1: Review and submit corrections to the calculation of the readmission measure rates for the baseline and performance periods (applies to Full-Year Workbooks only) 1
  • Phase 2: Review and submit corrections to performance scores and rankings (applies to Performance Score Reports only)

SNFs must submit correction requests to the SNF VBP Program Help Desk at SNFVBP@rti.org within 30 calendar days after dissemination of the applicable report. The request must contain the SNF’s CMS Certification Number (CCN), the SNF’s name, the correction requested, and the reason for requesting the correction. If the request is related to an eligible stay, SNFs should only refer to the line number (an arbitrary unique identifier found on the ‘Eligible Stays’ tab of the quarterly confidential feedback reports) of the stay in question. CMS will review the requests and notify the requesting SNF of the final decision.

Reports contain discharge-level data protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Any disclosure of protected health information (PHI) or patient identifiable information (PII) should only be in accordance with, and to the extent permitted by, the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules and other applicable laws. When referring to the contents of your reports, use the line number.

The SNF VBP Program Help Desk is not secured to receive PII and PHI. The line number (an arbitrary unique identifier found on the ‘Eligible Stays’ tab of the quarterly confidential feedback reports) is a randomly assigned number and is not considered PII or PHI. 

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1As finalized in the FY 2022 SNF PPS final rule (pages 42516-42517), beginning October 1, 2021, corrections during Phase 1 of the R&C process are limited to errors made by CMS or its contractors when calculating a SNF’s readmission measure rate. SNFs are not able to correct any of the underlying administrative claims data used to calculate a SNF’s readmission measure rate during Phase 1 of the R&C process. For corrections to the underlying administrative claims data to be reflected in the SNF VBP Program’s quarterly confidential feedback reports, the SNF must submit any claims correction requests to the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) and the MAC must process the corrections before the “snapshot date.” The quarterly confidential feedback reports do not reflect any claims corrections processed after the date of the claims snapshot, which is 3 months following the last index SNF admission in the applicable baseline period or performance period. CMS cannot recalculate any results in the quarterly confidential feedback reports to reflect claims corrected after the date of the claims snapshot.

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