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Implications of COVID-19 for Hospitals, Physicians, Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Hospice, Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities, Long Term Care Hospitals, and Skilled Nursing Facilities: CMS Extends Deadlines for and Grants Exceptions to Quality Reporting Requirements

Client Alert

Gibbons Special Alert

April 1, 2020

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has relieved from quality reporting obligations millions of healthcare providers that participate in various CMS programs. According to CMS, this unprecedented relief affects 1.2 million clinicians and a range of healthcare facilities that participate in the CMS programs listed below:

Provider Programs

  • Quality Payment Program – Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)
  • Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)

Hospital Programs

  • Ambulatory Surgical Center Quality Reporting Program
  • CrownWeb National ESRD Patient Registry and Quality Measure Reporting System
  • End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Quality Incentive Program
  • Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program
  • Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program
  • Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting Program
  • Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program
  • Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program
  • Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting Program
  • PPS-Exempt Cancer Hospital Quality Reporting Program
  • Promoting Interoperability Program for Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals

Post-Acute Care (PAC) Programs

  • Home Health Quality Reporting Program
  • Hospice Quality Reporting Program
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Quality Reporting Program
  • Long Term Care Hospital Quality Reporting Program
  • Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program
  • Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing Program

For more information about how these quality reporting extensions and exceptions could apply to your healthcare business and for additional information about current regulatory and sub-regulatory guidance issued by federal and state agencies, contact Barry Liss, Co-Leader of the Gibbons Healthcare Team.

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