IPPS rule has fewer new quality measures in FY 2010

Last month, CMS released its final IPPS rule for FY 2010, which makes few changes to the Reporting Hospital Quality Data for Annual Payment Update (RHQDAPU) initiative. The final rule for FY 2010 adds just four new measures, retires one measure, and harmonizes two measures, for a total of 46 measures required for reporting to receive the FY 2011 full market basket update. This year's update adds fewer measures than in previous years:

Starter Set     10

FY07            21

FY08            30

FY09            44

FY10            46

The four new measures for FY10 (FY11 payment determination) are:

  • SCIP Infection 9: Urinary catheter removed on postoperative day 1 (POD1) or postoperative day 2 (POD2)
  • SCIP Infection 10: Surgery patients with perioperative temperature management
  • Participation in a systematic clinical database registry: Nursing Sensitive Care
  • Participation in a systematic clinical database registry: stroke care

The list of quality measures required for FY 2010 and FY 2011 can be found on pages pp. 43872-874 of the CMS proposed rule.

(SOURCES: Advisory Board Daily Briefing, http://advisory.com, October 7, 2009; Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, http://gpo.gov, accessed October 23, 2009)