Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP)
What is the SNF QRP?
The SNF QRP creates SNF quality reporting requirements, as mandated by the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act). Every year, by October 1, we publish the quality measures SNFs must report.
The IMPACT Act added section 1899B to the Social Security Act (Act) and requires the reporting of standardized patient assessment data with regard to quality measures and standardized patient assessment data elements. The Act requires the submission of data pertaining to quality measures, resource use and other domains. In addition, the IMPACT Act requires assessment data to be standardized and interoperable to allow for the exchange of data among post-acute providers and other providers. The IMPACT Act intends for standardized post-acute care data to improve Medicare beneficiary outcomes through shared-decision making, care coordination, and enhanced discharge planning.
Learn more about the IMPACT Act at:
- Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act Of 2014
- IMPACT Act of 2014 Data Standardization & Cross Setting Measures web page
What happens if quality data isn’t reported?
For Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, and each subsequent year, if a SNF fails to submit the required quality data, the SNF will be subject to a two percentage (2%) point reduction in the Annual Payment Update (APU) for the applicable performance year.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) strongly encourages submitting quality data prior to the deadline to ensure the data are complete and accurate and to allow SNF providers an opportunity to address any submission issues.
Who can see the reported data?
CMS must make quality data available to the public through the Care Compare website. To ensure accuracy of this publicly reported data, CMS gives SNFs the opportunity to review the data before they are posted. The Care Compare website began reporting quality measure data in 2008.
Please see the SNF Quality Reporting Program Help web page for further assistance and contact information.