Healthcare Cost Reporting Information System (HCRIS)

What is a healthcare cost reporting information system (HCRIS)?  

A healthcare cost reporting information system (HCRIS) is a platform in which the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) stores Medicare Cost Report (MCR) data.  

An HCRIS contains information on several reports, including:  

  • Hospital Cost Report (1996+)  
  • Home Health Agency Cost Report (1994+) 
  • Community Mental Health Center Cost Report (2010+) 
  • Health Clinic Cost Report (2009+) 
  • Skilled Nursing Facility Cost Report (1996+) 
  • Hospice Cost Report (1999+) 
  • Renal Facility Cost Report (1994+) 

HCRIS files update quarterly and are public.    

Why are healthcare cost reporting information systems (HCRISs) important to healthcare?

A healthcare cost reporting information system is important because it details critical data related to healthcare finances. It also ensures the information and reports are accurate, current, comprehensive and complete.  

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