CMS: This week’s LTC Open Forum focusses on the new Quality Measures

Nancy Leveille in Clinical & Quality

On CMS' Open Door Forum call this Thursday, April 28 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time (ET), the agency will update long term and post-acute care providers on the six new Quality Measures (QMs) that will be published on the Nursing Home Compare website on Wednesday, April 27. The new measures (four short-stay and two long-stay) are: 

  • Percentage of short-stay residents who were successfully discharged back to the community (claims-based)
  • Percentage of short-stay residents who have had an outpatient emergency department visit (claims-based)
  • Percentage of short-stay residents who were rehospitalized after a nursing care center admission (claims-based)
  • Percentage of short-stay residents who made improvements in function (MDS-based)
  • Percentage of long-stay residents whose ability to move independently worsened (MDS-based)
  • Percentage of long-stay residents who received an antianxiety or hypnotic medication (MDS-based)

In July, all but one measure - hypnotics/anxiolytics - will be added to Five-Star and may have an impact on the overall star rating.

In addition to Nursing Home Compare QMs, other agenda topics include: 

  • FY 2017 Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities - Proposed Rule
  • FY 2017 Skilled Nursing Facility PPS NPRM - SNF Value Based Purchasing
  • FY 2017 Skilled Nursing Facility PPS NPRM - SNF Quality Reporting
  • Self-Identified Overpayment Final Rule CMS-6037-F
  • Electronic Staffing Data Submission PBJ Update

To review the complete agenda, click here.

Members are encouraged to participate on the call by dialing 1-800-837-1935 and ID:39979132. Additional call details are below. AHCA will distribute a summary after the call.

NOTE: Please dial-in at least 15 minutes before call start time to ensure you are not locked out.

CMS Open Door Forum: Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 2 p.m. ET

Dial: 1-800-837-1935 & Reference Conference ID: 39979132

Persons participating by phone do not need to RSVP. TTY Communications Relay Services are available for the Hearing Impaired. For TTY services dial 7-1-1 or 1-800-855-2880. A Relay Communications Assistant will help.

Encore: 1-855-859-2056; Conference ID: 39979132

Encore is an audio recording of this call that can be accessed by dialing 1-855-859-2056 and entering the Conference ID. Encores for ODFs held on Thursdays can be accessed the following Monday. The recording is available for 3 business days.


Nancy Leveille, RN, MS
Sr. Director, Member Operational Support
518-462-4800 x20