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Deadline Extended for Participation in the Hospital IQR and Medicare EHR Incentive Programs


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the deadline to submit electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) data for eligible hospitals participating in the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) or Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. Hospitals now have until Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 11:59 PM PT to submit eCQM data using the QualityNet Secure Portal.

This extension only applies to the eCQM voluntary submission option for the IQR Program and the e-Reporting option of clinical quality measure data for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program. Given this extension, there will no longer be additional QualityNet Help Desk or PDM support during November 28-30, 2015, beyond normal levels. If hospitals choose to meet program requirements using this data submission method, this change will not affect the February 29, 2016 attestation deadline.

Please Note: CMS has been informed of some problems with accessing reports and verifying submissions through the QualityNet Secure Portal. We are closely monitoring the situation and providing assistance to those affected. If your hospital needs more assistance submitting eCQM data, please contact the support contractor at the toll-free number below.

For More Information
Questions about the Hospital IQR or PCHQR Programs may be submitted through the Inpatient Questions & Answers tool at You can also call the Hospital Inpatient Value, Incentives, and Quality Reporting (VIQR) Outreach and Education Support Contractor, toll-free, at 844-472-4477 or 866-800-8765 weekdays from 8 AM to 8 PM ET.