The final data submission specifications for the Home Care Reporting System (HCRS) and the interRAI Contact Assessment (HCRS-CA) have been released to vendors. Vendors may begin their annual mandatory testing of HCRS or HCRS-CA submission files as of March 3, 2016.
CIHI will implement the 2016–2017 specifications for HCRS and HCRS-CA on April 1, 2016. All files submitted to HCRS or HCRS-CA on or after April 1 will be processed using the 2016–2017 specifications.
This bulletin summarizes the key minor specification changes for 2016-2017.