But in the proposed inpatient prospective payment rule, issued May 11, the CMS said data collection for the inpatient psychiatric facility quality reporting program would begin Oct. 1, a year earlier than facilities had expected, the AHA said.
“The May 11 release of the proposed rule was the first formal communication from CMS to (inpatient psychiatric facilities) that the IPFQR program would begin on October 1,” the AHA said in its comments. “Giving IPFs less than five months advance notice is unacceptable.”
Additionally, the AHA said, inpatient psychiatric facility units that are housed in general acute-care hospitals have not been subject to the same quality reporting requirements as freestanding facilities, and therefore may need more federal guidance.
Specifically, the AHA argued that freestanding facilities have been subject to Joint Commission accreditation standards and education and are more likely to have the infrastructure in place for collecting and reporting quality data.
“We believe that the majority of IPFs that are in units within acute inpatient hospitals—representing two-thirds of IPFs—are unaware of CMS' new quality reporting requirements because they are not currently reporting any quality measures,” the AHA said.
In its comments, the group urged the CMS to delay the launch of the program until April 1, 2013.