LTCH CARE Data Submission Specifications and LTCH Provider Preview Reports Have Been Reissued

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

The complete set of LTCH CARE Data Submission Specifications have been updated and posted on the LTCH Quality Reporting Technical webpage:

The new version is V4.00.1 and the documents containing the specifications are dated 02/14/2022.

These FINAL specifications go into effect on October 1, 2022.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) discovered an error in measure calculations for the Ventilator Liberation Rate measure in the provider preview reports previously issued on January 26, 2022, related to the March 2022 refresh of Care Compare, for the reporting period July 01, 2020 through June 30, 2021. The update corrected the patient counts included in the Ventilator Liberation Rate measure.

Additionally, an error was discovered in the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Facility-Wide Inpatient Hospital-onset Clostridium difficile Infection (CDI) Outcome Measure (NQF #1717) for the reporting period April 01, 2019 through September 30, 2020. This error stemmed from the change to allow four non-contiguous quarters of data due to the reporting exceptions implemented during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

These provider preview reports will be re-released on March 07, 2022, and the new preview period will begin on March 07, 2022 and continue through April 06, 2022. For any questions, please reach out to

LTCHs can access their preview report by logging in to iQIES at At the main screen, select Reports; then ‘My Reports.’

For more information, please visit theCMS LTCH QRP Public Reporting website.