The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today reminded long-term care hospitals to register for the mandated quality reporting program. Dec. 31 is the deadline for LTCHs to register with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Health Safety Network through which two of the required measures are reported. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act mandated reporting of quality measures for LTCHs to begin no later than fiscal year 2014, and failure to report quality measures will result in a 2% reduction to an LTCH's annual marketbasket update. CMS also updated its LTCH Quality Reporting Program Manual and a frequently asked question document from its Oct. 18 special open door forum. More information about the LTCH Quality Reporting Program is available at www.cms.gov.