|Dataset full name:
||Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Compare
||The Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Compare (IRF Compare) is a facility level database developed and monitored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Its purpose is to provide quality of care measures for inpatient rehabilitation facilities. Data are collected from Medicare claims and Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility-Patient Assessment Instrument (IRF-PAI) file as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) tool.
Note that patient level data are not available. All data are aggregated at the national, state and specific Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility level.
||Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility, Healthcare-acquired infections, Functional Outcomes, Unplanned Hospital Readmission, Quality of Care Outcomes
||Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
||Health conditions/Disability measures
||Measures/outcomes of interest
||State and regional variations in IRF quality outcomes.
Quality outcomes, healthcare associated conditions and infections, unplanned readmissions.
Hospital readmission, urinary tract infection, pressure ulcers
Change in functional outcomes, mobility and self-care and incidence of falls*
*These outcomes are currently being collected but are not yet available (February 2017)
||Medicare participating Inpatient Rehabilitating Facilities nationally.
||1,238 (December 2016) Medicare participating IRFs.
|Unit of Observation
||Individual Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities
|Data Collection Mode
||Administrative claims data
National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) tracking system
||January 2015 - present
|Data Collection Frequency
Annually (hospital readmission rates only)
|Strengths and limitations
||Data ideal for performing research on regional and state variation on quality outcomes.
Data can be linked with other Medicare and CMS datasets.
Potential for longitudinal analysis as additional time periods are incorporated.
||Patient-level data not available.
Data based on Medicare participating agencies only, not necessarily representative of all inpatient rehabilitation facilities.
As of February 2017 several quality outcomes not yet available, therefore research use is currently limited.
|Data Access Requirements
||Public Use Dataset
|Dataset components (where applicable)
||The IRF-Compare data is comprised of 4 csv files:
Conditions: list of inpatient rehabilitation facilities with data on the number of times people with Medicare who had certain medical conditions were treated in the last year.
General Information: Characteristics of the inpatient rehabilitation facilities
Provider Data: A list of inpatient rehabilitation facilities with data on the quality of patient care measures in IRF Compare.
National Data: National data on the quality of patient care measures shown on IRF Compare.
||IRF Quality Reporting Measures Information:
IRF-PAI and IRF QRP Manual:
||IRF Quality Public Reporting (CMS): https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/IRF-Quality-Reporting/IRF-Quality-Public-Reporting.html