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Hospital Readmissions Program Preview Data Available

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is reminding hospitals that preview data are available for hospitals and quality improvement organizations in Hospital-Specific Reports (HSRs) on My QualityNet. Available data include the excess readmission ratios of the 30-day risk-standardized readmission measures for acute myocardial infarction (AMI), heart failure (HF) and pneumonia (PN), adopted for the federal fiscal year 2014 Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program. The preview period will end July 12, with payment adjustment beginning Oct. 1. CMS encourages hospitals to review their HSR and discharge-level data and submit any questions about the data as soon as possible, but no later than July 12. If hospitals believe they have found an error in the calculation of the excess readmission ratio, they should contact and include their CMS Certification Number (CCN) in the email. For problems accessing an HSR, contact the QualityNet helpdesk at