Only One Quality Measure For SNFs Under New CMS Proposal

December 4, 2017, Emily Mongan, Long-Term Care News - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services unveiled a shorter-than-usual list of potential Medicare quality measures last week, with only one aimed at skilled nursing providers.  CMS' list of measures under consideration for 2018 rulemaking clocks in at 32 — down from the nearly 100 included in last year's proposed list under the Obama administration.

The pared-down list is believed to reflect new CMS administrator Seema Verma's promises to cut down on burdensome healthcare regulations.  A total of 184 measures were originally considered for this year's lineup before being whittled down to 32, CMS officials said.

For nursing homes, there is a single measure under the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program: the American Health Care Association's CoreQ measure for short-stay discharges.  The measure includes a discharge questionnaire, and would calculate the percentage of residents discharged within 100 days of nursing home admission who were satisfied with their care.

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