In Nov. 22 guidance, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) clarified its policy on requests for extraordinary circumstances exemptions (ECEs) from electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) reporting for the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program in calendar year (CY) 2016.
According to the guidance, hospitals can request an ECE from the eCQM reporting requirement due to hardships that have kept them from electronically reporting — infrastructure barriers, for example, or issues outside of the hospital’s control, such as vendor issues. CMS will consider such requests on a case-by-case basis through April 1, 2017. ECE requests involve a process separate from that used for hardship exemption requests for the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program.
Hospitals that previously were denied a request for a CY 2016 exemption can submit a new request with updated supporting documentation.
Hospitals can visit www.qualitynet.org for an exemption request form.
If you have questions or concerns, contact Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.585.0127.