• At A Glance QM, QRP, and VBP Tool

    By AANAC - February 24, 2020
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  • The Quality Measure Survival Guide: What It Is and Why You Need It

    By Jessica Kunkler, MA, Staff Writer - December 04, 2017

    The new frontier of Quality Measures in long-term care is more challenging than ever and with so much updated information, it can feel like you are lost without a compass. Not only are there three quality reporting programs—MDS 3.0 Quality Measures, Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Measures, and SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program (VBP) Measures—there are more than 51 Quality Measures (QMs). Not to mention all the manuals in which the measures are currently found: Quality Measures Technical User’s Guide, Five-Star User’s Manual, Quality Reporting Program Technical User’s Guide, Nursing Home Compare Technical User’s Guide, SNF QM User’s Manual V1 (QRP Manual), and Nursing Home Compare Quality Measure Technical Specifications. All these programs, all these manuals, all these measures—how will you ever find the way?

    The experts at the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination created the Quality Measure Survival Guide to be your easy-to-use map to understanding the measures, explaining them to your team, and auditing your facility’s information in a way that makes sense.

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  • SNF QRP Review and Correct Reports: The Basics

    By Caralyn Davis, Staff Writer - July 11, 2017
    After a misfire, the first Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (SNF QRP) Review and Correct Reports for the data collection period of Jan. 1, 2017 – March 31, 2017, are now available to SNFs. (See the notice here.) This data collection period will remain open so that providers can continue to make relevant MDS submissions or corrections until the data correction deadline 4.5 months later on Aug. 15, 2017. As of that date, the MDS data for that quarter will be frozen for the purposes of meeting the SNF QRP data submission threshold for the MDS-based SNF QRP quality measures (QMs), as well as for the upcoming SNF QRP public reporting.
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  • SNF QRP Submission Deadline Extended to June 1: Four Issues to Check

    By Caralyn Davis, Staff Writer - May 13, 2017
    The reporting deadline for the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (SNF QRP) for the fiscal year (FY) 2018 payment determination has been extended to 11:59 p.m. Pacific standard time on June 1 due to “extenuating circumstances,” the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on Friday May 12. MDS assessment data for Oct. 1 – Dec. 31, 2016 are due with this submission deadline. These extenuating circumstances include some facilities receiving notifications from CMS contractor CORMAC that incorrectly stated they had not submitted any data under the SNF QRP, according to a letter obtained by Judy Wilhide Brandt, RN, BA, QCP, CPC, RAC-MT, DNS-CT, principal of Wilhide Consulting in Virginia Beach, VA.
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