Hospitals can submit structural quality data online

For the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Reporting Hospital Quality Data for Annual Payment Update Program (RHQDAPU) for Fiscal Year 2011, an online tool is available for hospitals and vendors to submit Structural Measures/Data Accuracy and Completeness Acknowledgement data.

Hospitals participating in systematic databases for cardiac surgery, stroke or nursing sensitive care must submit their information and confirm the accuracy and completeness of the data by August 15 in order to qualify for the payment update for FY2011.

(Sources: AHA News Now, http://ahanews.com, July 1, 2010; Quality Net, http://qualitynet.org, June 25, 2010)