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Apr 26 -- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing an opportunity for the public to comment to OMB by May 26, 2022 on CMS' intention to Long-Term Care Hospital Continuity Assessment Record and Evaluation Data Set (LTCH CARE Data Set or LCDS) Version 5.0 that will be effective on October 1, 2022.

On November 2, 2021 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule (86 FR 62240) which finalized proposed modifications to the effective date for the reporting of measures and certain standardized patient assessment data in the Long-term Care Hospital Quality Reporting Program (LTCH QRP). Per the final rule CMS will require LTCHs to start collecting assessment data using LCDS Version 5.0 beginning October 1, 2022. The information collection request for LCDS Version 5.0 was re-approved on December 7, 2021 with an October 1, 2022 implementation date. CMS is asking for an extension of the approved LCDS Version 5.0, which currently expires on December 31, 2022.

The LTCH CARE Data Set is used to collect, submit, and report quality data to CMS for compliance with the Long-Term Care Hospital Quality Reporting Program (LTCH QRP).
Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Quality Reporting Program (QRP): https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/LTCH-Quality-Reporting
Submission to OMB: https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=202204-0938-008 Click IC List for data collection instruments, View Supporting Statement for technical documentation. Submit comments through this site.
FRN: https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2022-08823

For AEA members wishing to submit comments to OMB, the AEA Committee on Economic Statistics offers "A Primer on How to Respond to Calls for Comment on Federal Data Collections" at https://www.aeaweb.org/content/file?id=5806

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