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Beta Testing for Additional GG Items Has Begun with a Target Implementation of January 2019

Posted on Thursday, April 27, 2017 10:59 AM

In the fall of 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will start beta testing on the standardized assessment items required by the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Transformation (IMPACT) Act for post-acute care (PAC) providers.

The PAC providers include the following:
• Skilled nursing facilities (SNF)
• Inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRF)
• Long term care hospitals (LTCH)
• Home health agencies (HHAs)

The standardized assessment data must include the following areas:
• Function
• Cognitive
• Special services. treatments and interventions
• Medical conditions and co-morbidities
• Impairments

The national testing sample will include a total of 210 PAC providers across the following geographic locations:
• Boston, MA,
• Chicago, IL,
• Dallas, TX,
• Durham, NC,
• Fort Lauderdale, FL,
• Harrisburg, PA
• Houston, TX

The following number of providers are anticipated for selection:
• 84 SNFs, 28 IRFs
• 28 LTCHs
• 70 HHAs

Providers will be selected randomly with estimates of about six SNFs, two IRFs, two LTCH and five HHAs will be chosen per location.

Invites to participate in the beta testing will be sent out via mailings from the CMS contractor in late April or early May 2017. The testing is expected to run from October 2017 – May 2018.

Alpha 1 field testing was completed by CMS in October 2016. CMS is currently conducting Alpha 2 testing, with a completion date of July 2017.

The standardized assessment items must be incorporated into the Outcome and Assessment Information Set, which will be reported by home health agencies no later than January 2019.

For more information on testing for the standardized assessment items, click here.

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