Hospital News - Outpatient
Proposed changes to the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System for Calendar Year (CY) 2019 have been published and are available for public comment. These changes are detailed in the CY 2019 Proposed Rule, CMS-1695-P (PDF). Proposed changes to the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR) Program begin on page 37175 of the Federal Register and page 130 of the PDF. Proposed changes affecting the ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program begin on page 37193 of the Federal Register and page 148 of the PDF. For a synopsis of the Proposed Rule, please see the fact sheet available at www.cms.gov.
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- CY 2019 OPPS/ASC Proposed Rule displayed, open for comment
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- CMS releases April 2018 Hospital Compare preview reports
- CY 2018 OPPS/ASC final rule with comment period
- CY 2018 OPPS/ASC Final Rule displayed
- CMS releases December 2017 Hospital Compare preview reports
- CMS grants exceptions for Quality Program participants in FEMA disaster areas in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands affected by Hurricane Maria
- CMS grants exceptions for Quality Program participants in FEMA disaster areas in Florida, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands affected by Hurricane Irma
- CMS grants exemptions for Quality Program participants in FEMA disaster areas in Texas and Louisiana affected by Hurricane Harvey
- CY 2018 OPPS/ASC Proposed Rule published and open for comment
The Hospital OQR Program is a quality 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.
The current measure set for the Hospital OQR Program includes measures that assess processes of care, imaging efficiency patterns, care transitions, ED throughput efficiency, the use of health information technology, care coordination, patient safety, and volume. 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 »