Hospital Quality Reporting and Improvement
The Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) program was developed as a result of the Medicare
Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act (MMA) of 2003 and introduced as a result of the
Hospital Quality Initiative (HQI). Its purpose is to equip consumers with quality of care information to
make more informed decisions about healthcare options as well as encourage hospitals and clinicians to
improve the quality of care delivered.
The Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR) program is also a Medicare Hospital Quality Initiative
modeled after the Hospital IQR program.
Under both of these programs, participating hospitals agree to make their quality measure data
available to consumers on the Medicare Hospital Compare website.
IQH is committed to promoting and providing support to Mississippi hospitals in their quality data
reporting and improvement efforts through educating and offering technical assistance to hospitals in
the areas of:
- Hospital IQR and OQR program topics and measures
- Reporting and participation requirements
- Measure specifications
- Data submission requirements and deadlines
- Validation/data accuracy
- QualityNet resources and reports
- Data collection tools and software
- Improving care related to measure data
We also assist Critical Access Hospitals, rural facilities and other hospitals that are not eligible to or
do not participate in the Hospital IQR/OQR programs, but want to show their dedication towards
improved quality of care by submitting quality data to CMS for purposes of public reporting. Such
assistance includes the above topics and also focuses on program topics and measures, the use of CMS
abstraction tools, inpatient/outpatient data warehouse infrastructure, measure and feedback reports,
and abstraction accuracy.
IQH will provide feedback on areas for improvement related topics addressed by the Hospital IQR/OQR
program measures along with tools, resources and shared information such as best practices.