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CMS Releases July 2018 Hospital Compare Preview Reports on May 4, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is making the July 2018 Hospital Compare Preview Reports available on QualityNet on May 4, 2018. The Preview Reports are for hospitals and facilities participating in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR), Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR), and Prospective Payment System (PPS)-Exempt Cancer Hospital Quality Reporting (PCHQR) Programs.

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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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