The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host two dry runs of new-claims based payment measures finalized for the hospital inpatient quality reporting (IQR) program, which is intended to provide consumers with quality of care information and encourage hospitals to improve the quality of inpatient care. The dry runs will allow hospitals to become familiar with the measures and their results, and will test the data production process. The first dry run covers 30-day, risk-standardized acute myocardial infarction (AMI) payment measures. The second covers stroke and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) 30-day readmission and mortality measures. The dry run hospital-specific reports can be accessed on MyQualityNet until Sept. 4 and Sept. 11, respectively.
CMS will host national provider calls on the new stroke readmission and mortality measures Aug. 20, from 3-4:30 pm ET, and the COPD readmission and mortality measures Aug. 27, from 3-4:30 pm ET. Pre-registration is required online.