A demonstration of a new data-collection tool conducted its first data transmission in March, CMS officials said.
The CMS is piloting its Continuity Assessment Record and Evaluation, or CARE, tool, as an alternative to current data-reporting methods. When Medicares 9th Scope of Work starts later this summer, the CARE tool will be expanded to about 12 communities for testing, according to Debbra Hattery, deputy director of the quality measurement and health assessment group of the CMS Clinical Standards and Quality Office. Hattery provided a program update during the American Health Information Communitys quality work group meeting May 9.
The CMS first announced the three-year CARE pilot in December 2007. The federal agency hopes the tool will provide real-time data transmission, with information that follows patients across different care settings.