CMS Provides Quality Reporting and Other Updates in Most Recent Open Door Forum

This article covers only the hospice portion of the most recent CMS Open Door Forum. To read about the home health portion, please see this NAHC Report article.

During the most recent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Home Health, Hospice, and DME (Durable Medicare Equipment) Open Door Forum (ODF), the following information and updates were provided.

CMS reminded hospices that the FY2024 annual payment update is based on the CY2022 data submissions.  Hospices must comply with the following HIS and Hospice CAHPS Survey participation requirements to avoid the APU penalty which increases to 4% in FY2024.

  • Submit at least 90% of HIS records within the 30 days of the event date (patient’s admission or discharge) for patient admissions/discharges occurring 1/1/22 – 12/31/22
  • Ongoing monthly participation in the CAHPS Hospice Survey 1/1/22 – 12/31/22

The February 2022 quarterly refresh for the Hospice Quality Reporting Program is now available on Care Compare. Public reporting of quality measure data has resumed following the temporary exemption to HQRP data submission requirements, and the subsequent data freeze after the November 2020 refresh. Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Hospice Survey measure scores continue to exclude Quarter 1 and Quarter 2 of calendar year 2020.

In December 2021 CMS released revised data for the Hospice Care Index (HCI) in the hospice level Quality Measure (QM) reports available to hospices in their CASPER folder.  CMS identified an issue with the national averages calculations and corrected these in the reports.

CMS is targeting the Care Compare refresh in May 2022 for public display of the HCI and Hospice Visits in Last Days of Life (HVLDL) claims-based measures.

Hospices can access resources available to them regarding the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) here.