CMS Recruits for Transfer of Health Information and Care Preferences Quality Measures Pilot Study

Members & Publications

January 9, 2017

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with RTI and Abt to develop and implement two Transfer of Health Information and Care Preferences (TOH) quality measures. The TOH measures meet requirements under the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act (IMPACT Act) of 2014. Data for these cross-setting measures will be collected for the following post-acute care settings:  SNFs, IRFs, LTCHs and HHAs. As part of the measure development process, RTI, in collaboration with Abt, is pilot testing the TOH measures to investigate data collection methods and time to complete the items, the feasibility of implementing the TOH quality measures, and measure properties.   

Agencies and facilities that have been Medicare-certified for at least 1 year are eligible to participate in the pilot study.

View the Transfer of Health Pilot January 2017 zip file on the IMPACT Act Downloads and Videos webpage for the Recruitment Letter that provides more information about the Pilot study and the Interest Form that can be completed electronically.

Interested IRFs, SNFs, LTCHs, and HHAs should submit an Interest Form to by Tuesday, January 17th. Interest forms received after January 17 are welcome and will be considered for the later testing activities.

Legislation Introduced to Alleviate Impact of Conversion Factor Cut for 2021

Nov 09, 2020

Last month, two bills were introduced in the House proposing solutions to the estimated 10.6% Physician Fee Schedule conversion factor cut expected to go into effect January 1, 2021.  The bills offer some relief to the cut, but do not reflect a comprehensive or long-term solution.  AAPM&R has therefore chosen to remain neutral regarding these bills. 

Your Academy continues to advocate for a permanent solution to the conversion factor cut while maintaining the important payment increases to office and outpatient evaluation and management services.