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The "Testing Experience and Functional Tools in Community-Based Long Term Services and Supports" (TEFT) program is an initiative of the federal Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS).
In March 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded TEFT grants to nine states to test quality measurement tools and demonstrate e-health in Medicaid community-based long term services and supports (CB-LTSS). It is noteworthy that, of these nine states, Colorado is the only state presently working in all four aspects of the TEFT concept laid out by CMS (see below).
Colorado's grant program, spanning five years through March 2019, is called the "Demonstration Grant for Testing Experience and Functional Assessment Tools (TEFT) in Community-Based Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS)." This grant program is working through the field testing of an experience of communications survey, demonstration of the personal health record, refinement of the functional and assessment items and creation of a standard electronic LTSS record.
This is the first-time CMS is promoting the use of health information technology (HIT) in Care Based-LTSS systems. TEFT will provide national measures and valuable feedback on how health information technology (HIT) can be implemented as a collaborative effort of evolving standards in this component of the Medicaid program.
The TEFT grant program will provide national measures and valuable feedback on how health information technology can be implemented in this component of the Medicaid system within the State of Colorado.
As developed by CMS, the TEFT grant pilot initiative addresses the program’s four main components:
TEFT Denver Regional Focus Group Presentation - April 4, 2017
Quality Health Network Western Slope Focus Group Presentation - June 2017
Department TEFT PHR Focus Group Presentation - June 2017
PHR Newsletter - May 2017
TEFT FOA - Federal Funding Opportunity Announcement - 2013
Colorado's TEFT Application - October 2013:
TEFT Year 3 Evaluation Update - April 2016 to March 2017