CMS Hospice Quality Reporting Program Forum

On Wednesday, September 28th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a webinar to share updates for the Hospice Quality Reporting Program.

During this webinar, Jermama Keys, HQRP Coordinator at CMS and subject matter experts from Abt Associates will provide information on the following topics:

  • The Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Hospice Final Rule
  • Recent Public Reporting activity
  • Updates related to HQRP

CMS will also answer questions at the end of the webinar, as time allows.

Webinar Details

Title: CMS September Hospice Quality Reporting Program Forum

Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Time: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. ET

Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6692944306731233291

A unique access link will be sent upon registration.

Participation Information

After you register, you will receive a dial-in number and webinar link. You will not be able to share your registration information as it will be unique to you. Please check your spam filter if you do not receive an email confirmation.

Attendees will be able to submit questions in various ways, including:

  • Phone – Enter your audio pin and use the hand-raising icon to enable CMS to unmute your line.
  • Computer Mic and Speakers – Enable your microphone and use the hand-raising icon to enable CMS to unmute your line.
  • Chat – Type your question into the “Questions” box.

For More Information

If you have questions, please email CMSQualityTeam@ketchum.com

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Home may look different from the traditional images in our mind’s eye.  In the 90s I had a hospice patient whose address changed every fortnight.  She would call me and give me her new location.  The law in Los Angeles was that you could not park a vehicle for more than 14 days before having to move.  She lived in a small RV-like vehicle.  She was officially considered homeless, but this is not the way she saw it. This was her home; this is where she wanted to be, and in the end, this is where she longed to be, as she died in the hospital.

I have cared for people in strange non-traditional homes.  I have been to many a “flop-house”, I have changed wound dressings in the men’s room at a Salvation Army (the men were not allowed back to the sleeping area during the day), and I have stepped over glue traps at the front door of a house with a mouse wriggling to save its own life as I cared for the dying occupant inside. These people were where they wanted to be and were dying the way they had lived.

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Investing in these education and career-building programs could yield big returns when it comes to hiring and keeping personnel, according to Phillip Heath, board chair of New Jersey-based Samaritan Life Enhancing Care. Heath will become the organization’s CEO effective October 1.

“Whether a hospice establishes some kind of scholarship bond, tuition reimbursement or training program, it’s creating an opportunity for people to continue to grow and learn with you,” Heath told Hospice News. “It’s investing in people who will in turn give you their time for sustainable services. As demand grows, we know we’ll need more resources from different avenues, with the bulk needed in our operations.”

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More than 60 participants discussed strategies to lay the groundwork for sustainable pathways to palliative care within existing health plans and payment models.

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As more health care reimbursement migrates towards value-based payment models, providers will need to master the art of care coordination.

Seriously ill patients can easily fall through the cracks in a fragmented health care system, leading to poorer outcomes and costly hospital stays and emergency department visits. Closing these gaps is a rising priority in payment model demonstrations by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).

“The health system must recognize and meet people’s medical needs by considering their preferences, values, and circumstances, should strive to keep people healthy and independent, and help providers coordinate care seamlessly and holistically across settings in a manner that puts people at the center of their own care,” CMMI indicated in a document released last year that outlined shifts in the center’s strategic direction.

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