Home Health Quality Reporting Data Submission Deadlines



The Quality Assessment Only (QAO) performance requirement for the home health annual performance update (APU) is 90%. The table below shows the QAO reporting schedule to home health agencies for 2021. More information on the QAO performance requirement is available on the Home Health Quality Reporting webpage. The QAO Interim and Annual Performance Reports will remain in the iQIES folders for 120 days.

However, due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency HHQRP data submission requirements for the Q4 2019, Q1 2020, and Q2 2010 quarters were optional or exempted. The missing data for Q1 2020 and Q2 2020 will impact what is displayed on Care Compare; therefore, CMS developed a strategy to accommodate the exempted quarters of data. Public reporting of home health agencies’ data will freeze after the October 2020 refresh. This means that following the October 2020 refresh, the data publicly reported will be held constant for all refreshes in 2021, including the October 2021 refresh.  Further, no Provider Preview Reports will be issued for those refreshes that continue to display the constant or frozen data. For additional information on COVID-19 PHE data exemption, please see the Home Health COVID-19 Public Reporting Tip Sheet in the Downloads section of the Home Health QRP Training webpage.

2021 Schedule for QAO Performance Reports

Type of Performance Report

Available in iQIES folders:

Includes OASIS Assessments COMPLETED During the period: Includes OASIS Assessments SUBMITTED by:
Annual October 01, 2020

July 01, 2019-June 30, 2020

July 31, 2020
Interim January 01, 2021 October 01, 2019- September 30, 2020


October 31, 2020

Interim April 01, 2021 January 01, 2010- Dcember 31, 2020 January 31, 2021
Interim July 20, 2021 April 01, 2020-March 31, 2021 April 30, 2021
Annual October 01, 2021 July 01, 2020-June 30, 2021 July 31, 2021

*QAO calculations that include the October 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020 in the reporting period were adjusted to accommodate the exemption. Please refer to your HHA’s QAO report for more information.

Below is the calendar of key CY2021 dates for Care Compare.

                          October 2020 January 2021 April 2021 July 2021 October 2021
Preview reports available in iQIES June 26, 2020 Not Released Not Released Not Released Not Released
Quality of Patient Care Star Rating suppression request deadline July 25, 2020


Deadline for submitting missing or corrected data May 15, 2020


Care Compare updated October 2020


Freeze Freeze Freeze


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