CHA News Article

CMS Announces 2 Quality Improvement Initiatives

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced two initiatives addressing quality improvement in post-acute care settings. Beginning in 2015, CMS will implement improvements to the nursing home five-star rating system, including the development of a process to collect and audit payroll data to monitor staffing, changes in scoring methodology and the addition of new quality measures addressing the use of anti-psychotic medications and re-hospitalization rates. CMS also announced it is proposing new conditions of participation (COPs) for home health agencies in an effort to update and modernize the COPs, with a focus on patient-centered, coordinated care. The proposed regulation was published in the Oct. 9 Federal Register