Public Reporting

Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) Hospital Compare website publishes information on the quality of care provided to patients; this information is made available to inform consumers and to encourage healthcare facilities to make continued improvements in care quality. Hospital Compare is generally refreshed quarterly.

Hospital Compare Preview Period

Prior to each release, data due to be displayed are made available to providers for a 30-day preview period approximately two months in advance of being made available to the public on Hospital Compare. This preview period does not serve as a review and correction period for the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (Hospital OQR) Program.

Hospital Compare Preview Reference Documents

The following documents, updated quarterly, are made available to assist facilities in accessing and interpreting their Hospital OQR Hospital Compare preview data:

CMS posted a public reporting training video in November of 2018. This video includes information on how to successfully navigate the public reporting Next Generation User Interface.

Hospital Participation

Submission and acceptance of any Hospital OQR Program data would indicate a hospital’s status as a participant in the program; this includes submitting just one data element, e.g., Population and Sampling, chart-abstracted measures, or measures submitted via a web-based tool. Data submitted will be publicly displayed per the calendar year (CY) 2014 and CY 2017 OPPS/ASC final rules with comment period (78 FR 75092 and 81 FR 7979).

To Submit Questions

General questions regarding the preview data or the Hospital OQR Program may be submitted to the Hospital OQR Outreach and Education Support Contractor via the Hospital OQR Questions and Answers tool. Hospitals may email questions and comments regarding the Overall Hospital Star Ratings to cmsstarratings@lantanagroup.com.

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