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Deadline for submitting LTCH, IRF quality data extended

August 16, 2013

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday extended the deadline for long-term care hospitals and inpatient rehabilitation facilities submitting first-quarter data for the LTCH and IRF quality reporting programs to Aug. 23 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. The original deadline was Aug. 15. Due to data submission challenges with both CMS reporting and the National Healthcare Safety Network system, the extension applies to both clinical data and data on healthcare-associated infections. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, LTCHs and IRFs must submit certain quality data to avoid a 2 percentage point reduction in their annual payment update beginning Oct. 1.