CHA News Article

CMS Temporarily Suspends OP-19 for OQR Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has temporarily suspended the public reporting and validation of a hospital outpatient quality measure due to hospital concerns about its current specifications and privacy issues. To alert hospitals, CMS issued a memorandum April 2 on its decision to suspend the measure — OP-19: Transition Record with Specified Elements Received by Discharged Patients for the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting Program (OQR). Data collection for the measure recently began Jan. 1.

According to the CMS memorandum, which is attached, hospitals must continue to submit information for this measure during the suspension to avoid potential payment penalties under the OQR program. Hospitals should work with their vendors regarding submission issues. CHA will continue to monitor the measure’s status as it is currently under maintenance review at the National Quality Forum.