June 26—From now through July 12, 2013, hospitals can review their hospital-specific readmission report for FY14 as part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program. 

Upon review, hospitals should notify CMS of any suspected errors in their Excess Readmission Ratio calculations by sending an email to CMS_readmissions_reduction@mathematica-mpr.com. The deadline for submitting this email is 11:59 p.m. (Pacific time) on July 12. 

CMS calculates excess readmission ratios for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, and pneumonia based on methodology endorsed by the National Quality Forum using discharges from a prior period. The 2014 ratios are based on CMS fee-for-service claims from July 1, 2009, through June 30, 2012. 

The 2014 ratios will be publicly reported in the August Inpatient Prospective Payment System Final Rule as well as on the Hospital Compare website in October.

Publication Date: Wednesday, June 26, 2013