The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) delayed the deadlines for reporting some quality data through the Hospital Inpatient and Outpatient Quality Reporting (IQR and OQR) programs. Inpatient population and sampling data for chart-abstracted quality measures for the third quarter of 2013 (discharges from July 1 through Sept. 30, 2013) will be due Feb. 8 for the IQR Program. Outpatient population and sampling data and outpatient chart-abstracted measures will be due Feb. 8 for the OQR Program. The delay is due to the weather that has affected the Southeast and applies to all hospitals. More information about the delay can be obtained from state quality improvement organizations.
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