PPS-Exempt Cancer Hospital Quality Reporting program

PPS-Exempt Cancer Hospital Quality Reporting Program

The Social Security Amendments of 1983 exempted classified cancer hospitals from the Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS). These PPS-exempt cancer hospitals were also exempted from reporting on hospital inpatient quality measures. In 2010, the Affordable Care Act required the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to establish a specialized quality reporting program for the PPS-exempt cancer hospitals. The resulting PPS-Exempt Cancer Hospital Quality Reporting (PCHQR) Program measures allow consumers to compare the quality of care given at the eleven PPS-exempt cancer hospitals currently participating in the program.

The measures publicly reported under the PCHQR Program fall into the following categories:

  • Cancer-Specific Treatment
  • Oncology Care
  • Clinical Effectiveness

Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Survey results are also publicly reported.


PPS-Exempt Cancer Hospital Quality Data – by facility

The tables that follow contain hospital (provider) results. You can also visit Data.Medicare.gov- Opens in a new window to download the PCHQR Program- Opens in a new window datasets.

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Cancer-Specific Treatment Measures

Technical measure title Current data collection period
From Through
Adjuvant chemotherapy for colon cancer
Combination chemotherapy for breast cancer
Hormonal therapy for breast cancer


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Oncology Care Measures

Technical measure title Current data collection period
From Through
Oncology: Radiation dose limits to normal tissues January 1, 2017 December 31, 2017
Oncology: Plan of care for pain January 1, 2017 December 31, 2017
Oncology: Pain intensity quantified January 1, 2017 December 31, 2017
Prostate Cancer: Adjuvant hormonal therapy for high or very high risk patients January 1, 2017 December 31, 2017
Prostate Cancer: Avoidance of overuse of bone scan for staging low risk patients January 1, 2017 December 31, 2017


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Clinical Effectiveness Measure

Technical measure title Current data collection period
From Through
External beam radiotherapy (EBRT) for bone metastases January 1, 2017 December 31, 2017


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Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Survey Data - by facility

Current data collection period: April 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018
Higher numbers are better for all measures.

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Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Survey Data - by state

Current data collection period: April 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018
Higher numbers are better for all measures.

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Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Survey Data - national

Current data collection period: April 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018
Higher numbers are better for all measures.

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