CMS to validate hospital outpatient quality data

Starting in September 2010, CMS will validate data submitted to the OPPS Clinical Warehouse for the calendar year 2011 payment determination. CMS will select a random sample of 7,300 cases from all cases successfully submitted to the OPPS Clinical Warehouse. Hospitals are required to supply medical documentation for each requested case by the deadline or risk a 2 percent reduction in the hospital’s annual payment update.

(Sources: AHA News Now, http://ahanews.com, August 23, 2010; Qualitynet.org website, http://qualitynet.org, Accessed August 31, 2010)