CHA News Article

CMS Provides Guidance on IRF Quality Reporting

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has provided additional information and extended the data submission deadline for the inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) quality reporting program. The clarification and extension follow previous communications from CMS that may have incorrectly notified some providers of compliance concerns. As a result of the confusion created by that communication, CMS has extended the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) data submission deadline for IRF providers until Feb. 15, 2016 for calendar year 2015 quarters one and two, for the fiscal year 2017 payment determination.

The attached table provides a summary of the revised schedule. CMS encourages facilities to review their data for quarters one and two within NHSN to ensure completeness. Data may be updated or added until the Feb. 15, 2016 submission deadline.