CMS Memo on Event Reporting Using Common Formats

April 18, 2013    |   By: Calevir

On March 15, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a memo about the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ’s) Common Formats. The memo provides information on the Common Formats and how their use may help hospitals meet the CMS Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAPI) requirements.

Hospitals are required to track adverse patient events as a Condition of Participation (CoP) for QAPI requirements.   Although Common Formats use is voluntary, CMS is encouraging surveyors to become familiar with them. CMS states that, “Use of the AHRQ Common Formats by hospitals is not required under the QAPI CoP.   We suggest, however, that a hospital that uses the Common Formats and is adept at the analysis that this structured system permits, will be in a better position to meet the CMS QAPI requirements.”

To view the memo, please go to CMS’ Web site at:


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