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CMS Releases April 2019 Hospital Compare Hospital Data Preview

We are opening the 30-day preview period for hospitals so they can see the data that will be publicly reported on Hospital Compare this spring. As part of the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR), Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR), and Prospective Payment System (PPS)-Exempt Cancer Hospitals Quality Reporting (PCHQR) programs, hospitals have 30 days to preview their data prior to public reporting on Hospital Compare. Later this spring, we will post the data on Hospital Compare, where Medicare beneficiaries and the public can review quality measure data for participating hospitals and facilities.

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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.

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