CMS Promises Hospital Quality Reporting Through EHRs

CMS has pledged that in a few years, hospitals will no longer have to abstract quality measures from patient charts, as required under the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting program, according to a proposed rule published May 5 in the Federal Register.

According to the proposed rule, CMS and hospitals should be able to switch to complete HER-based reporting of all chart-abstracted measures for the Hospital IQR program by a future date, such as 2015.

The rule proposes changes to the hospital inpatient payment system and long-term care prospective payment system for 2012. In the meantime, organizations owning the quality measures and their respective software vendors must work to pilot EHR systems, complete electronic specifications for measures and implement specifications to capture and calculate results.

Read the CMS proposed rule in the Federal Register.

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