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IPPS Proposed Rule Detailed

Michelle A. Leppert, for HealthLeaders Media, April 26, 2012

IQR proposed changes
The IQR program currently includes 72 quality measures. CMS has proposed reducing that number to 59 for the FY 2015 payment determination, and 60 for the FY 2016 payment determination.

Hospitals choose to participate in the IQR program, but CMS reduces the annual payment update for those that do not successfully participate by 2%. CMS proposes adding perinatal care and readmissions, including overall readmissions and readmissions relating to hip and knee replacement procedures, to the IQR quality measures for FY 2013. In addition, CMS would also measure how well hospitals use a surgery checklist designed to reduce errors.

VBP proposed changes
Beginning in FY 2013 and continuing annually, CMS will adjust hospital payments based on how hospitals perform or improve their performance on a set of quality measures.

For the FY 2014 VBP Program, the proposed rule includes a new outcome measure that rewards hospitals for avoiding central line-associated bloodstream infections that can develop during inpatient hospital stays.

For the FY 2015 Hospital VBP Program, CMS proposes grouping and scoring measures in four domains—clinical process of care, patient experience of care, outcome, and efficiency. CMS also proposes adding a total of four new measures to the list.

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