TEFT (Testing Experience and Functional Tools)
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is promoting the use of health information technology within the community-based Long Term Services and Supports system. In 2014, CMS announced awards for the TEFT (Testing Experience and Functional Tools) grant to introduce health IT into this population. The TEFT grant is designed to field test an experience of care survey and a set of functional assessment items, as well as demonstrate the use of personal health records, and finally to contribute to the creation of a standard electronic long term services and supports record, all of which Connecticut will be participating in.The University of Connecticut is collaborating with the Connecticut Department of Social Services to successfully implement the four components of the TEFT grant. The Center on Aging will participate in the field testing of both the Experience of Care survey and the Care Assessment Tool. The School of Nursing will contribute to the selection, development, and offering of the Personal Health Record and the development of the S&I Framework components.The TEFT grant presents a unique and exciting opportunity to explore and offer new services and supports to Connecticut’s Long Term Care community.
TEFT Grant Participation:
State of Connecticut Components:
1. Experience of Care Survey
Participating states will field test a beneficiary experience survey within multiple CB-LTSS programs for validity and reliability.
2. CARE Assessment Tool
Participating states will field test a modified set of Continuity Assessment Record and Evaluation (CARE) functional assessment measures for use with beneficiaries of CB- LTSS programs.
Participating states will select, offer, and demonstrate the use of personal health record (PHR) systems with beneficiaries of CB-LTSS.
4. Standards & Interoperability Framework for e-LTSS
Participating states will collaborate to identify, evaluate and harmonize an electronic Long Term Services and Supports (e-LTSS) standard in conjunction with the Office of National Coordinator’s (ONC) Standards and Interoperability (S&I) Framework.