PPS-Exempt Cancer Hospital Quality Reporting (PCHQR) Program

Overview

The Prospective Payment System (PPS)-Exempt Cancer Hospital Quality Reporting (PCHQR) Program was developed as mandated by Section 3005 of the Affordable Care Act (Public Law 111-148).

The PCHQR program is intended to equip consumers with quality-of-care information to make more informed decisions about healthcare options. It is also intended to encourage hospitals and clinicians to improve the quality of inpatient care provided to Medicare beneficiaries by ensuring that providers are aware of and reporting on best practices for their respective facilities and type of care.

To meet the PCHQR Program requirements, PPS-Exempt Cancer Hospitals (PCHs) are required to submit all quality measures to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), beginning with the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 payment determination year. Participating facilities must comply with the program requirements set forth, including public reporting of the measure rates.

PPS-Exempt Cancer Hospital Quality Reporting (PCHQR) Program Eligibility

Eligible hospitals are described in section 1886(d)(1)(B)(v) and referred to as a Prospective Payment System (PPS)-Exempt Cancer Hospitals, or PCHs. These hospitals are excluded from payment under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has designated 11 hospitals as PPS-Exempt Cancer Hospitals, or Medicare PPS-Excluded Cancer Hospitals.

Final Rules for Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems

Information regarding the PCHQR Program can be found in the following Inpatient Prospective Payment System and Long Term Care Hospitals Prospective Payment System (IPPS/LTCH) Final Rule (FR) publications.

  • FY 2013 IPPS/LTCH Final Rule (77 FR pages 53555 through 53567) CMS hereby finalized five quality measures (two hospital-acquired infection (HAI), and three cancer-specific treatment measures) for the fiscal year (FY) 2014 program and subsequent years.
  • FY 2014 IPPS/LTCH PPS Final Rule (78 FR pages 50837 through 50853)
    CMS hereby finalized one additional new HAI quality measure (Surgical Site Infection, SSI) for the FY 2015 program and subsequent years. In addition, CMS finalized 12 new quality measures, including five clinical process oncology care measures for the FY 2016 program and subsequent years. CMS did not remove or replace any of the previously finalized measures from the PCHQR Program for FY 2015 and FY 2016.
  • FY 2015 IPPS/LTCH PPS Final Rule (79 FR pages 50277 through 50286)
    CMS hereby finalized one new clinical effectiveness measure (EBRT) for the FY 2017 program and subsequent years. CMS did not remove or replace any of the previously finalized measures from the PCHQR Program for the FY 2017 program and subsequent years.
  • FY 2016 IPPS/LTCH Final Rule (80 FR pages 49713 through 49723)
    CMS hereby finalized two new outcome measures, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), as well as one process measure, Healthcare Personnel Vaccination (HCP), for the FY 2018 program and subsequent years. Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) measures will be removed as of October 1, 2016, with the last data reported being from Quarter 3, 2015.
  • FY 2017 IPPS/LTCH Final Rule (81 FR pages 57182 through 57193) CMS hereby finalized one new Claims-Based Outcome Measure, “Admissions and Emergency Department (ED) Visits for Patients Receiving Outpatient Chemotherapy.” Additionally, an existing OCM, “Radiation Dose Limits to Normal Tissues” (National Quality Forum, NQF #0382) was updated to expand the patient cohort to include patients receiving 3D conformal radiation for breast and rectal cancer. This applies to patients being treated in calendar year 2017 and applies to the FY 2019 Program and subsequent years.
  • FY 2018 IPPS/LTCH Final Rule (82 FR 38411 through 38425) CMS hereby finalized the removal of three Cancer-Specific Treatment measures from the Program beginning with diagnoses occurring as of January 1, 2018 and added four new end-of-life claims-based measures (NQF #0210, #0213, #0215, and #0216) for the FY 2020 program year and subsequent years.

Refer to the Federal Register for other official Medicare Final Rule publications.