CMS Issues COVID-19 Public Reporting Tip Sheet

COVID-19; CMS

On September 8, the Centers of Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the posting of a COVID-19 Public Reporting Tip Sheet. The purpose of the tip sheet is to help providers understand the CMS public reporting strategy for the SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP) to account for CMS quality data submissions that were optional and excepted from public reporting due to the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). The impact on CMS’ Nursing Home Compare website refreshes is also outlined. This tip sheet serves as a companion document to the SNF COVID-19 PHE Tip Sheet published in July 2020, which provided practical guidance to address SNF quality data submissions after July 1, 2020, once the temporary SNF QRP exceptions from the COVID-19 PHE ended. SNF staff responsible for SNF QRP reporting are encouraged to review this tip sheet. ​​