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Q3 2020 HCAHPS and CY 2020 eCQM Submission Deadline Extensions

February 09, 2021 - 09:00am

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is modifying the previously extended deadline for Q3 2020 submission of Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) data and extending the submission deadline for electronic clinical quality measures (eCQM).

This extension is for acute care hospitals and PPS-Exempt Cancer Hospitals, and affects the following programs and deadlines:

Program

Affected Measure/Requirement

Original Deadline Date

Extended Deadline Date

Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program

Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS)

January 6, 2021*

March 17, 2021

eCQMs: Reporting ED-2, PC-05, STK-2, STK-3, STK-5, STK-6, VTE-1, VTE-2

March 1, 2021

April 1, 2021

PPS-Exempt Cancer Hospital Quality Reporting (PCHQR) Program

 

HCAHPS

January 6, 2021*

 

March 17, 2021

 

Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program for Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals

 Clinical Quality Measures

ED-2, PC-05, STK-2, STK-3, STK-5, STK-6, VTE-1, VTE-2

(electronically or attestation) and report on four objectives:

Electronic prescribing, Health Information Exchange, Provider to Patient Exchange, Public Health and Clinical Data Exchange

March 1, 2021

April 1, 2021

* This deadline was previously extended from January 6 to February 8, 2021.

Although the data submission deadlines have been extended, the processes for collecting and submitting these data have not changed. These extensions do not affect any future deadlines. CMS will continue to monitor the situation for potential adjustments and will update submission deadlines accordingly as events occur.

Extraordinary Circumstances Exceptions (ECE)

In the event that your hospital is unable to submit data or meet requirements due to an extraordinary circumstance, you may request an individual exception. Please refer to the ECE request process and form specific to the individual programs below for additional information.

Medicare Promoting Interoperability Hardship Application

Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) are required to participate in the Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program. Eligible Hospitals and CAHs may be exempted from the Medicare downward payment adjustment if they can show that compliance with the requirement for being a meaningful EHR user would result in significant hardship.

Last Updated: Feb 09, 2021