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CMS extends IPF quality reporting waiver request deadline for Hurricane Sandy

June 19, 2013

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has extended to June 28 the deadline for individual inpatient psychiatric facilities affected by Hurricane Sandy to request an extension or waiver of data submission requirements under the IPF quality reporting program. CMS expects to officially notify hospitals of the extension via email this week. To access the extension or waiver request form, visit www.qualitynet.org. CMS said it plans to respond to all requests for an extension or waiver by mid-July. Last month, the AHA and hospital associations in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York urged CMS to waive the fiscal year 2014 data reporting requirements for all IPFs affected by Hurricane Sandy, and to give storm-affected hospitals relief from additional federal quality reporting and payment requirements. CMS said it intends to respond to the associations’ blanket IPF waiver request separately in writing.