As more and more emphasis is placed on therapy outcomes, two programs have made it to the top of the list for implementation. The CARE Item Set measures the health and functional status of Medicare beneficiaries at acute discharge and measures changes in severity and other outcomes for Medicare post-acute care patients. The goal was to standardize the items used in each of the existing assessment tools while posing minimal administrative burden to providers. The CARE Item Set builds on prior research and incorporates lessons learned from clinicians treating the continuum of patients seen in all settings. Physical Therapy data collection and reporting will relate to mobility. Occupational Therapy data collection and reporting will relate to self-care.
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Google Scholar. Under this initiative, Medicare providers are eligible to receive a bonus payment for submitting NQF-approved quality measures. CMS already recognizes NOMS as an appropriate tool for documenting patient improvement for patients seeking approval for treatment that exceeds the Medicare therapy cap. NOMS is a data collection system developed to illustrate the value of speech-language pathology services provided to adults with communication and swallowing disorders. The purpose of NQF-endorsed standards is to improve the quality of care in health care settings through accountability and public reporting of standardized quality measurements.