Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting (IPFQR) Program Overview

The Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Quality Reporting (IPFQR) program is being developed as mandated by section 1886(s)(4) of the Social Security Act, as added and amended by Sections 3401(f) and 10322(a) of the Affordable Care Act (Pub.L. 111-148).

The IPFQR program is a pay-for-reporting program intended to equip consumers with quality of care information to make more informed decisions about healthcare options. It is also intended to encourage hospitals and clinicians to improve the quality of inpatient care provided to beneficiaries by, first, ensuring that providers are aware of and reporting on best practices for their respective facilities and type of care.

Because this is a pay-for-reporting program, facilities will be subject to payment reduction for non-participation. Eligible hospitals that do not participate in the IPFQR program in a fiscal year will receive a 2.0 percentage point reduction to their annual update to their standard federal rate for that year. The reduction is noncumulative across payment years.

The IPFQR program requires facilities to submit data for specific inpatient psychiatric clinical process measures. These quality measures will be announced no later than October 1, 2012.

To meet the IPFQR program requirement, Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities (IPFs) will be required to submit all quality measures in the form, manner, and time as specified by the Secretary, to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), beginning with Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 payment determination year and subsequent fiscal years. Participating IPFs must comply with the program requirements, which will be set forth through rule-making, including public reporting of the measure rates.

Support Contact

Questions regarding the IPFQR Program may be directed to the Telligen help desk, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time:

IPFQR Support Help Desk
Phone: (888) 961-6425

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