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.
CAPP chairman Robert Pearl, MD, said that the health of our nation must be a top priority for either political party and modern technologies can enable that, but patients are not yet enjoying these benefits.