- New/Updated Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Outpatient Department Quality Measures. Look for these measures in NQMC in the near future!
Proposed changes to the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) for Calendar Year (CY) 2015 are published and available for public comment. These changes are detailed in the CY 2015 Proposed Rule, CMS-1613-P (PDF), published in the July 14 Federal Register. The section covering the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR) Program begins on page 41032 and extends through page 41044 of the Federal Register (pages 118–130 of the downloadable PDF document).
An overview of the proposed changes to the program is also available from the Hospital Outpatient Regulations and Notices section of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) website. Proposed changes, if finalized, would be applicable to services furnished on or after January 1, 2015.
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The Hospital OQR Program is a voluntary quality measure data reporting program for outpatient hospital services implemented by CMS. CMS focuses on reporting measure data that have high impact and support national priorities for improved quality and efficiency of care for Medicare beneficiaries.
Hospitals must submit data for 27 quality measures; these include clinical performance measures, imaging efficiency measures, and web-based (structural) measures. Participating hospitals agree that they will allow CMS to publicly report data for the quality measures, as is stated in the current OPPS/ASC final rule.More »