CMS Announces Phase III of Hospice Data Collection

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released Change Request (CR) 6440 on April 24, announcing the next phase of Hospice data collection with an effective date of Oct. 1, 2009 for systems changes and OPTIONAL hospice reporting. Jan. 1, 2010 is the MANDATORY date for hospices to begin 15-minute increment reporting of visits…