The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Home Health, Hospice, and DME Open Door Forum on February 23, 2023. The summary of the Forum applicable to home health and hospice providers is below.
The most recent Hospice Care Compare refresh occurred in February. As part of that refresh, CMS included an annual update of Provider Use File (PUF) data on Care Compare, which now includes data from 2018, 2019, and 2020.
CMS will host a Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) Spring Forum in late April, which will provide an overview of HQRP updates. Registration will be available in mid-March, at which time additional information will be available.
Similar to the HHQRP, CMS has established a new Health Equity tab (https://www.cms.gov/hospice-qrp-health-equity) on the HQRP website , and the agency anticipates that the report from the Health Equity TEP, which was conducted last year, will be available in the spring.
Attendees were encouraged to submit any questions related to hospice quality to HospiceQualityQuestions@cms.hhs.gov. Additional resources provided on the meeting agenda are:
- For Hospice Special Focus Progam:QSOG_hospice@cms.hhs.gov
- iQies Technical Help Desk:email@example.com; Phone:1-877-201-4721 (Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Central Time)