Review the official comments, letters and responses from the National Transitions of Care Coalition (NTOCC).
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Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for hospitals paid under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long-Term Acute Care Hospital Prospective Payment System (LTCH PPS). As you may recall, NTOCC submitted formal comments to CMS in support of several proposed quality measures, and provided recommendations for enhancement.
We are excited to report that all three of the above NTOCC supported measures were included in the final rule. With regard to NTOCC’s recommendation to include patient lab results and pending tests in the care plan measures for psychiatric facilities, CMS agreed this was an important component of a care plan, but decided not to make it a data requirement in the final rule.
In addition, CMS clearly stated in the final rule that transitions will be a priority for the agency: “Promoting quality improvements leading to successful transition of care for patients from acute care to outpatient setting, and reducing short term, preventable hospital-wide readmission rates are CMS’ priority objectives.”
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CMS press release
General Fact Sheet
Quality Fact Sheet