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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 and 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.

Under the PCHQR program, PPS-exempt cancer hospitals submit data to CMS on the following measures for public reporting: Cancer-Specific Treatment Measures, Oncology Care Measures, and the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Survey.


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.

Data reporting periods for the PCHQR measures in this table are as follows:


Cancer-Specific Treatment Measures

Adjuvant chemotherapy for colon cancer
Combination chemotherapy for breast cancer
Hormonal therapy for breast cancer


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Oncology Care Measures

Oncology: Radiation dose limits to normal tissues January 01, 2015 – December 31, 2015
Oncology: Plan of care for pain January 01, 2015 – December 31, 2015
Oncology: Pain intensity quantified January 01, 2015 – December 31, 2015
Prostate Cancer: Adjuvant hormonal therapy for high risk patients January 01, 2015 – December 31, 2015
Prostate Cancer: Avoidance of overuse of bone scan for staging low risk patients January 01, 2015 – December 31, 2015

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Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Survey Data - by facility: April 1, 2015 – March 31, 2016
Higher numbers are better for all measures.

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Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Survey Data - by state: April 1, 2015 – March 31, 2016
Higher numbers are better for all measures.

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Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) Survey Data - national: April 1, 2015 – March 31, 2016
Higher numbers are better for all measures.

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