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CMS to develop new record system for LTC hospitals

February 6, 2013
by Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor
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Long-term care hospitals (LTCHs) will get an improved records system, developed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid that will enable to quantify the quality of care patients receive in this setting, according to a notice in today’s Federal Register.

The Long-Term Care Hospital Quality Reporting System will use specific metrics to collect LTCH data, which will be available online eventually. Pressure ulcers, catheter-related urinary tract infections and central line-associated blood stream infections will be among CMS’ first targeted quality measures. At this time, the data set has three components: (1) condition documentation, (2) selected covariates of the condition and (3) patient demographic information.

Most of the personally identifiable information will be about patients in LTCHs. This information also includes providers, personal contact information and, if for business purposes, social security numbers.

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