CMS announces timeframe for submitting cardiac surgery structural measure

Hospitals participating in the Medicare pay-for-reporting program will have from July 1 to Aug. 15 to report whether they participate in a systematic database for cardiac surgery, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced in an e-mail to hospitals this week.


The measure is one of 13 new quality measures that hospitals participating in the pay-for-reporting program must submit to receive their annual payment update for fiscal year 2010 under the inpatient prospective payment system final rule for FY 2009. Click here for a summary on qualitynet.


(SOURCE: AHA News Now,, June 25, 2009)