Potential new IRF-PAI and quality measures

CMS has posted documents pertaining to new quality measures and a draft of a new IRF-PAI (version 1.4) for patients discharged on or after October 1, 2016, on the IRF Quality Reporting Measures Information site. A quick review of the documents indicates the potential for the IRF-PAI to expand from eight pages to eighteen pages, along with the addition of five quality measures based on functional items from the CARE tool. CMS intends to add these quality measures to the existing IRF-PAI as additional functional assessment items that differ from the FIM® instrument.