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CMS selects contractors to support IPF, cancer quality programs

October 4, 2012

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has contracted with Telligen to provide national outreach and education support to inpatient psychiatric facilities participating in the new IPF quality reporting program, the agency announced today. In addition, CMS announced contracts with Telligen and the American College of Surgeons to support hospitals participating in the new quality reporting program for cancer hospitals that are exempt from the prospective payment system. For the cancer program, Telligen will help the hospitals report data to the National Healthcare Safety Network and comply with QualityNet administrative requirements, while the College will help the hospitals collect data for three ACoS quality measures. Under the final inpatient prospective payment system rule for fiscal year 2013, IPFs must collect certain quality data for relevant patients admitted on or after Oct. 1, 2012 to avoid a payment penalty of 2 percentage points in FY 2014. The rule also requires PPS-exempt cancer hospitals to collect data on two infection measures and three cancer-specific measures beginning Jan. 1, 2013, but leaves the potential payment consequences of not participating to a future rulemaking.