Hospitals can apply for hurricane-related quality reporting waivers

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The Medicare inpatient and outpatient quality reporting programs allow hospitals to request an extension or waiver of data submission requirements due to extraordinary circumstances beyond their control, including natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy. For the inpatient reporting program, hospitals should submit a Disaster Extension/Waiver Request form to the state Medicare Quality Improvement Organization within 30 calendar days of the extraordinary circumstance. CMS also may decide to grant waivers or extensions to an entire region affected by a disaster or circumstance, which would be communicated to hospitals, vendors and QIOs through the program's routine communication channels. For the outpatient reporting program, hospitals should submit an Extraordinary Circumstances Extension or Waiver form and any supporting documentation to the support contractor within 45 calendar days of the extraordinary circumstance. Hospitals included under a blanket waiver will not be required to submit the Extraordinary Circumstances Extension or Waiver form.

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