CMS notifies hospitals of payment reductions

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services began notifying hospitals participating in the Inpatient Quality Reporting Program that they may receive less payment for fiscal 2014, in some cases due to incomplete data for the IQR's process-of-care and healthcare-associated infection measures. "CMS encourages affected hospitals to submit a reconsideration request, which is due 30 days after the date on the notification letter," according to AHA News Now. The American Hospital Association will work with CMS to "ensure affected hospitals know the process for submitting a reconsideration." Article