6 Steps to Meet CMS’ Stroke Quality Reporting Requirements

Beckersasc.com: Written by Sabrina Rodak | April 18, 2012

Beginning Jan. 1, 2013, hospitals and health systems will be required to report data on 76 measures for CMS’ Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program to receive full Medicare reimbursement in 2015. The 76 measures feature several new measures from previous years, including eight for stroke care: venous thromboembolism prophylaxis, antithrombotic therapy for ischemic stroke, anticoagulation therapy for A-fib/A-flutter, thrombolytic therapy for acute ischemic stroke, antithrombotic therapy by the end of hospital day two, discharged on statin, stroke education and assessment for rehab.

If healthcare facilities fail to report these measures, they risk not only receiving reduced reimbursement beginning in 2015, but also losing an opportunity to improve quality, increase volume and compete effectively with other stroke providers. In addition, while the Hospital IQR Program bases reimbursement only on the action of reporting the data, the Value-Based Purchasing Program will penalize hospitals for not meeting performance standards for certain IQR measures. Read More