CMS announces extension of 2016 reporting deadline for reporting eCQM data

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is notifying hospitals and critical access hospitals participating in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) and/or the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs that it’s extending the deadline to submit electronic Clinical Quality Measure (eCQM) data for the 2016 reporting period.

The deadline pertaining to the fiscal year (FY) 2018 payment determination has been changed from Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, to Monday, March 13, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. PST, to provide hospitals additional time to submit eCQM data.

CMS also intends to initiate the rulemaking process regarding modifications to the eCQM requirements established in the FY 2017 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) final rule in response to concerns. CMS says it intends to include proposals regarding the 2017 eCQM reporting requirements for the Hospital IQR and EHR Incentive Programs for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals in the FY 2018 IPPS proposed rule that we anticipate to be published in the late spring of 2017.

For more information about eCQM reporting for the Hospital IQR and EHR Incentive Programs, please visit the QualityNet.org and the cms.gov websites.