According to the notice, the first measure collected is the "The Percent of Patient Residents with Pressure Ulcers That are New or Worsened." Metrics surrounding catheter-associated urinary tract infections and central line-associated blood stream infections will also be collected. Starting in fiscal year 2014, all three measures will be compiled by CMS. "The quality measure data is required to be valid, meaningful, and feasible to collect, and to address symptom management, patient preferences and avoidable adverse events," the notice reads.
The records system will collect data from long term care patients and Medicare beneficiaries, including personally identifiable information, which includes national provider identifiers, demographic data and Social Security numbers in specific cases.
"Our research shows that when people with complex needs require medical help, they encounter a health care system that's expensive, inefficient and poorly coordinated," said David Blumenthal, MD, president of The Commonwealth Fund.