Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting Program


The Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting Program (Hospital OQR) is a pay for quality data reporting program implemented by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for outpatient hospital services. The Hospital OQR Program was mandated by the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, which requires subsection (d) hospitals to submit data on measures on the quality of care furnished by hospitals in outpatient settings. Measures of quality may be of various types, including those of process, structure, outcome, and efficiency.

Under the Hospital OQR Program, hospitals must meet administrative, data collection and submission, validation, and publication requirements, or receive a 2 percentage point reduction in payment for failing to meet these requirements, by applying a reporting factor of 0.980 to the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) payments and copayments for all applicable services.

In addition to providing hospitals with a financial incentive to report their quality of care measure data, the Hospital OQR Program provides CMS with data to help Medicare beneficiaries make more informed decisions about their healthcare. Hospital quality of care information gathered through the Hospital OQR Program is available on the Hospital Compare Web site.

Outpatient Department Measures

Outpatient care can refer to numerous types of health services, such as emergency department services, observation services, outpatient surgical services, lab tests, and X-rays, provided to those who visit a hospital or other healthcare facility. Outpatient often refers to a patient who leaves the facility after treatment on the same day but may include a patient who spends the night at the hospital for whom a doctor has not written an order for inpatient admission.

Hospital Compare provides results on emergency department and outpatient quality measures, which evaluate the quality of care provided to patients. A quality measure converts medical information from patient records into a rate or time that allows facilities to assess their performance and consumers to compare how well patients are being cared for at their local hospitals.

The outpatient measures evaluate the regularity with which a healthcare provider administers the outpatient treatment known to provide the best results for most patients with a particular condition. An example includes patients receiving appropriate fibrinolytic therapy within 30 minutes of arrival to the emergency department.

The Hospital  OQR measures include data collected from various methods to measure patient care outcomes, process of care, imaging efficiency patterns, care transitions, ED-throughput efficiency, Health Information Technology use (HIT), care coordination, and patient safety. Data may be collected through chart abstraction, claims volumes, or reporting on a hospital process. Specialty areas were identified by CMS as having common and frequent procedures in the hospital outpatient setting. These procedures were identified as colonoscopies and outpatient imaging procedures. Other areas of future focus are outpatient surgery and chemotherapy.

Measures for the CY 2020 Payment Determination

  • OP-2: Fibrinolytic Therapy Received Within 30 Minutes of ED Arrival
  • OP-3: Median Time to Transfer to Another Facility for Acute Coronary Intervention
  • OP-5: Median Time to ECG
  • OP-8: MRI Lumbar Spine for Low Back Pain
  • OP-9: Mammography Follow-up Rates
  • OP-10: Abdomen CT—Use of Contrast Material
  • OP-11: Thorax CT—Use of Contrast Material
  • OP-12: The Ability for Providers with HIT to Receive Laboratory Data Electronically Directly into their ONC-Certified EHR System as Discrete Searchable Data
  • OP-13: Cardiac Imaging for Preoperative Risk Assessment for Non-Cardiac, Low-Risk Surgery
  • OP-14: Simultaneous Use of Brain Computer Tomography (CT) and Sinus Computed Tomography (CT)
  • OP-17: Tracking Clinical Results between Visits
  • OP-18: Median Time from ED Arrival to ED Departure for Discharged ED Patients
  • OP-22: Left Without Being Seen
  • OP-23: Head CT or MRI Scan Results for Acute Ischemic Stroke or Hemorrhagic Stroke who Received Head CT or MRI Scan Interpretation Within 45 minutes of ED Arrival
  • OP-29: Appropriate Follow-Up Interval for Normal Colonoscopy in Average Risk Patients
  • OP-30: Colonoscopy Interval for Patients with a History of Adenomatous Polyps—Avoidance of Inappropriate Use
  • OP-31: Cataracts: Improvement in Patient’s Visual Function within 90 Days Following Cataract Surgery*
  • OP-32: Facility 7-Day Risk-Standardized Hospital Visit Rate after Outpatient Colonoscopy
  • OP-33: External Beam Radiotherapy for Bone Metastases
  • OP-35: Admissions and Emergency Department (ED) Visits for Patients Receiving Outpatient Chemotherapy
  • OP-36: Hospital Visits after Hospital Outpatient Surgery

* Measure voluntarily collected as set forth in section XIII.D.3.b. of the CY 2015 OPPS/ASC final rule with comment period (79 FR 66946 through 66947).

Read more about the Hospital OQR Program in the  . Our section begins on page 263 of   (also noted as Federal Register page 59080).

More information regarding the Hospital OQR measures can be found on the QualityNet website at

Contact Us

Submit questions and search for answers on the Hospital OQR Program at Hospital Outpatient - Questions/Answers or call the Hospital OQR Help-line, toll-free, (866) 800-8756 weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time.

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05/08/2019 04:22 PM