Hospital OQR Program

Welcome to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (HOQR) Program. The HOQR Program exists to promote higher quality, more efficient health care for Medicare beneficiaries through measurement. Under this program, quality data reporting requirements for care rendered in the Hospital OQR setting were implemented starting with claims submitted for services beginning in 2008.

If you are new to the program or would like to learn more, please take a moment to review our website.

As the national support contractor for the HOQR Program, the team at HSAG is available to answer questions or supply any additional information you may need. We invite you to join the Hospital OQR Listserve at qualitynet.org to receive notifications about program developments. We are committed to offering quality service in a timely and effective manner. Please contact us at oqrsupport@hsag.com, or call us toll-free at 866.800.8756 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET with any comments, suggestions, or concerns you may have.

CY 2018 OPPS/ASC Proposed Rule published, open for comment

Proposed changes to the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System for Calendar Year (CY) 2018 have been published and are available for public comment. These changes are detailed in the CY 2018 Proposed Rule, CMS-1678-P (PDF). Proposed changes to the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR) Program begin on page 33671 of the Federal Register and page 114 of the PDF. For a synopsis of the Proposed Rule, please see the fact sheet available at www.cms.gov.

CMS urges the Hospital OQR and ASC communities to participate in the Proposed Rule comment process. Public comments are vital, informing the finalization of program proposals for the CY 2018 OPPS/ASC Final Rule. Comments are due by September 11 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time and can be made at www.regulations.gov.