CHA News Article

CMS Delays Some Inpatient, Outpatient Quality Reporting Deadlines

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced it has delayed the deadlines for reporting certain quality data for the inpatient and outpatient quality reporting programs from Feb. 1 to Feb. 8 due to recent extreme weather in parts of the U.S. Extensions apply to all hospitals and include, for the inpatient quality reporting (IQR) program, the population and sampling data for chart-abstracted quality measures for the third quarter (discharges from July 1 through Sept. 30, 2013). For the outpatient quality reporting (OQR) program, the data for chart-abstracted measures, as well as population and sampling data for the third quarter (encounters between July 1 and Sept. 30, 2013), is also now due Feb. 8.

The deadlines for other IQR and OQR measure data remain unchanged. Hospitals should contact their quality improvement organization with questions about the new deadlines. Other questions about the IQR and OQR programs can be directed to the QualityNet help desk at (866) 288-8912.