The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is pledging that in a few years hospitals no longer will have to abstract from patient charts quality measures required under the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting program.

"We believe that at a future date, such as 2015, CMS and hospitals will be able to switch to complete EHR-based reporting of all chart-abstracted measures to CMS for the Hospital IQR Program, and we intend to work diligently toward this goal," the agency contends in a proposed rule published May 5 in the Federal Register. The rule proposes changes to the hospital inpatient payment system and long-term care prospective payment system for fiscal 2012.

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