Health Information Management

Pay-Per-View: CMS announces proposed quality specifications

APCs Insider, October 12, 2007

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CMS released data specifications for its 2009 proposed outpatient quality reporting measures in August. In the 2008 OPPS proposed rule, CMS included 10 quality measures that address the quality of outpatient care pertaining to hospital EDs, the treatment of heart failure, surgical care improvement, the treatment of community-acquired pneumonia, and the treatment of diabetes.

In addition to the 10 proposed quality measures, CMS discussed 30 additional measures that it hopes to finalize for 2010 and succeeding calendar-year payments. These further measures address certain aspects of care provided to cancer patients and patients with pneumonia, chest pains, diabetes, or depression, among others. These measures have not received formal review by either the Hospital Quality Alliance or the National Quality Forum.

Click here to read more about CMS' proposed quality measures. Briefings on APCs subscribers have free access to this article in the November issue via their online subscriptions.

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