Development and Evaluation of Candidate Standardized Patient Assessment Data Elements
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 5 of a series, presents test data and interpretations of the results for data elements in the clinical categories of mental status and pain.
Findings from the National Beta Test (Volume 5: Mental Status and Pain)
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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 5 of the final report on the National Beta Test. It describes the identification and testing of candidate SPADEs in the clinical categories of mental status and pain. This volume provides results and significance tests on the feasibility, reliability, validity, stability and change over time, and sensitivity to national representativeness of the candidate SPADEs. The mental status data elements tested consisted of the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ)-2 to 9, Patient Reported Outcome Measurement Information System (PROMIS) Depression, and PROMIS Anxiety. The pain data element set tested was the Pain Interview. All four data element sets performed fairly well, showing feasibility, acceptable reliability, and moderate support from assessors.
Standardized Assessment of Mental Status and Pain
PHQ-2 to 9
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