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Federal Focus (June 5, 2020) – CMS Selects Targeted Sample for IQR Program Validation
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services selected the targeted sample of hospitals for validation of chart-abstracted clinical process of care and health care-associated infection measures for the fiscal year 2022 annual payment update determination for the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program. The quarters included in FY 2022 inpatient validation are third quarter 2019, fourth quarter 2019, first quarter 2020 and second quarter 2020. Additional information is available.

CMS Posts 2021 eCQM Resources
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services posted the 2021 CMS Quality Reporting Document Architecture Category I Implementation Guide, Schematron, and Sample File for Hospital Quality Reporting. The Implementation Guide outlines requirements for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals to report electronic clinical quality measures for the calendar year 2020 reporting period for the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting and Medicare and Medicaid Promoting Interoperability programs. Additional information is available.

MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued updates to MLN Connects Provider eNews. eNews includes information about national provider calls, meetings, events, announcements and other MLN educational product updates. The latest issue provides updates and summaries of the following:

  • ICD-10-PCS procedure codes: FY 2021
  • Hospice provider preview reports: review your data by June 29
  • Trump administration unveils enhanced enforcement actions based on nursing home COVID-19 data and inspection results