The new THA/TKA PRO-PM is a significant change for hospitals, being the first measure in CMS's Inpatient Quality Reporting program that uses patient feedback to evaluate performance. If hospitals don't submit the necessary data, they will face lower reimbursement rates.
This measure focuses on tracking improvements in patient-reported pain and function after elective primary THA/TKA surgeries, aiming to foster better cooperation and decision-making between patients and healthcare providers.
However, implementing THA/TKA PRO-PM is complex. Hospitals will need to establish new pre- and post-operative procedures and submit extensive data. CMS will then use this data, along with their own, to determine hospital performance.
CMS is offering two voluntary reporting periods before mandatory reporting begins in 2027. Data collection for these periods has already started, so hospitals need to act quickly. Thankfully, Ortech has the resources to help hospitals prepare and begin data collection now.
To be included in your THA/TKA PRO-PM measure data, patients must meet three criteria.
CMS will require you to submit complete data sets for, at minimum, 50% of your eligible patients in order to meet your IQR requirements.
The key word in determining if a patient is eligible for the measure is “elective.” If a patient exhibits any of the following criteria, he or she is not considered an “elective” surgical patient, and is therefore ineligible for the measure:
As you can see in the chart to the left, THA/TKA PRO-PM relies on a combination of patient-reported outcome (PRO) data and risk variable data; administrative claims data; and Medicare enrollment and beneficiary data, collected at different points in the patient’s care.
Some key PROMs:
THA/TKA PRO-PM requires you to collect your PRO data within two very specific windows of time:
Because the post-op data collection window is so large, there is a long lead time between the year an eligible procedure occurs and the year it actually gets included with your submitted data. As such, the data collection periods for the 2025 and 2026 voluntary reporting periods are already underway. Fortunately, you still have plenty of time to start collecting data to meet your 2026 voluntary submission requirements (remember: you only have to submit matched data for 50% of your eligible patients).
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