Hospitals now have until Aug. 28 at 11:59 pm PT to submit data on health care-associated infections (HAIs) for the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) program, according to an announcement by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Previously, hospitals had until Aug. 15 to submit their HAI data for the first quarter of 2015 (Jan. 1 to March 31). This extension does not apply to clinical data submissions through QualityNet, including Clinical Process of Care and Perinatal Care Elective Delivery (PC-01) data, which must still be submitted by Aug. 15. CMS cites technical challenges with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthcare Safety Network as the reason for the extension.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Beth Feldpush, DrPH, senior vice president of policy and advocacy, at bfeldpush@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0111.