Nov 15, 2019
The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 mandates that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) use standardized patient assessment data elements across post-acute care settings. RAND was tasked by CMS with developing and testing the data elements. This report, Volume 2 of a series, focuses on the design and methods for the National Beta Test.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) contracted with the RAND Corporation to evaluate candidate standardized patient assessment data elements (SPADEs) in a national field test titled the National Beta Test. The National Beta Test was conducted to evaluate the performance of candidate SPADEs in the clinical categories of (1) cognitive function and mental status; (2) special services, treatments, and interventions; (3) medical conditions and comorbidities; (4) impairments; and (5) other categories, for use in four post-acute care (PAC) settings: home health agencies, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term care hospitals, and skilled nursing facilities.
This is Volume 2 of the final report on the National Beta Test. It focuses on the design and methods for the National Beta Test. This volume covers the candidate SPADEs tested; the design and sampling plan; information on training, recruitment, and retention; information on the data collection process and analytic plan.
Candidate SPADEs Included in National Beta Testing
Design and Sampling
Provider and Research Nurse Recruitment
Past Performance, Current Use, and Input Opportunities for Candidate SPADEs Tested in the National Beta Test
National Beta Test Research Nurse Training Agenda
Example National Beta Test Field Training Agenda (Boston)
National Beta Test Field Staff Web-Based Survey Questions