CMS Memo Encourages Wider Use of AHRQ’s Common Formats
A recent memo from CMS describes how the use of AHRQs Common Formats may help hospitals meet CMS Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAPI) requirements. Hospitals are required to track adverse patient events as a Condition of Participation for QAPI requirements. Although the use of Common Formats is voluntary, CMS encouraged surveyors in the March 15 memo to become familiar with them. A hospital using Common Formats and is adept at the analysis that this structured system permits will be in a better position to meet the CMS QAPI requirements, according to the memo.