CMS Publishes FY 2022 SNF Annual Payment Update (APU) Overview Table


Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program Measures

The Impact Act of 2014 required implementation of clinical assessment areas using standardized data elements in each of the instruments used across all post-acute settings. For a given data submission period, the Minimum Data Set (MDS) assessments submitted by a SNF must meet a minimum submission threshold of no less than 80 percent of the MDS assessments having 100 percent completion of the required SNF QRP data elements. Successful assessment completion is submission of actual resident data, as opposed to non-informative response options, i.e., “dash” (–).

Failure to meet the minimum submission threshold may result in a two (2) percentage point reduction in the SNF’s Annual Payment Update (APU).

For a listing of all SNF QRP Measures, please click Here

What You Need To Know

Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program Annual Payment Update (APU)

On Feb 7, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the FY 2022 skilled nursing facility (SNF) Annual Payment Update (APU) table.  This table indicates the data elements CMS will use for the FY 2022 SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP) APU determinations.

Of importance to SNF’s, the amount of required data elements that will impact the APU will increase significantly starting in the Q4 2020 data collection time period. There will be over 250 required data elements starting in October 2020 compared to about 100 required elements currently required.

The FY 2022 SNF APU Table can be found Here

PTS will continue to monitor for updates and keep our valued partners informed. If you have any questions, please contact Maria Maggi, Vice President of Compliance at

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