CMS Lightens Quality Payment Program Reporting Requirements During the COVID-19 Emergency

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CMS Administrator Seema Verma explained that the Trump Administration is eliminating bureaucratic red tape to allow the healthcare delivery system to use its time and means for patient care.

The CMS has acknowledged that gathering quality measured data and sending reports for services for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak might not represent the real level of performance in areas like cost, readmissions, and the experience of the patient. The switch will additionally alleviate the burden on health professionals during these extraordinary situations.

Policy exclusions and extensions are given for 2019 and the data submissions deadlines in 2020 for the following quality reporting programs:

Provider Programs
Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)
Quality Payment Program – Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)

Hospital Programs
Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting Program
End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Quality Incentive Program
CrownWeb National ESRD Patient Registry and Quality Measure Reporting System
Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program
Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting Program
Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program
Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program
Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program
Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting Program
Promoting Interoperability Program for Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals
PPS-Exempt Cancer Hospital Quality Reporting Program

PAC Programs
Hospice Quality Reporting Program
Home Health Quality Reporting Program
Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Quality Reporting Program
Long Term Care Hospital Quality Reporting Program
Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing Program
Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program

More information about the new reporting due dates, exclusions, and extensions are available on this CMS web page.

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