All home health agencies need access to the upgraded Internet Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (iQIES) to submit assessment data beginning January 1.
The rollout of iQIES will not require providers or vendors to change current processes related to submission of data. However, iQIES will require a new user management system because Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and CMSNet are no longer needed to access this system. All users will have to create an account and establish credentials in HARP, which is a secure identity management portal provided by CMS.
Please note that failure to obtain access to iQIES by December 23rd will impact your agencies’ ability to submit assessment data needed for claims matching purposes after January 1, 2020. Claims that cannot be matched to assessments will be returned to the agency, delaying Medicare payment.
For more information on registering for iQIES, please see this article from CMS.