UPDATE: Webinar for those Interested in Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation Field Test

On February 25, NAHC Report notified readers of the HOPE (Hospice Outcomes and Patient Evaluation) webinar scheduled for March 5. The webinar posting caused some confusion for hospices about exactly what the webinar would cover and the status of applications for alpha testing of the HOPE. NAHC reached out to Abt Associates about the this and received the following clarification: The…

Open Door Forum Summary: Updates on iQIES Transition Update and Home Health & Hospice

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Home Health, Hospice, & DME Open Door Forum (ODF) on January 8, 2020.  A summary is provided below, beginning with home health and followed by hospice. HOME HEALTH iQIES Transition CMS indicated in the ODF that it is aware of several issues with the iQIES…

CMS Announces TEP for Functional Outcome Measures

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is accepting applications for a technical expert panel (TEP) to develop functional outcome quality measures for the home health setting. The TEP nomination period closes on January 17, 2020. Project Overview: CMS has contracted with Abt Associates to develop functional outcome quality measures for the home health setting.…

OIG Updates Work Plan to Include Review of Hospice Inpatient and Aggregate Cap Calculations

On October 4, 2019, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) began discussions around potential reform of the hospice Aggregate Cap (Cap). MedPAC is considering a recommendation under which the Aggregate Cap would be wage adjusted for the first time in history but may also consider a reduction in the Aggregate Cap amount: at the October…

Hospice Quality Updates for August 8, 2019

Recruitment Announcement – Focus Groups for Hospice Patient Assessment Instrument – Opportunities for EHR Vendors and Patients/Families:  As has been reported recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is recruiting experienced hospice providers and clinicians to participate in focus groups to discuss and provide input as we develop a hospice patient assessment tool.…

Focus Group Needed for Hospice Patient Assessment Instrument

Abt Associates is currently recruiting experienced hospice providers and clinicians to participate in focus groups to discuss and provide input as we develop a hospice patient assessment instrument. Background The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with Abt Associates to engage diverse stakeholders to inform the design of a hospice patient assessment…

CMS Seeks Comments on New Home Health Quality Measure

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with RTI International and Abt Associates to further develop a cross-setting post-acute care transfer of health information and care preferences quality measure, as mandated in the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act (IMPACT Act). As part of its measure development process, CMS encourages the public…

CMS Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum Notes (Feb. 28, 2018)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Home Health, Hospice and DME Open Door Forum on February 28, 2018.  A summary of the call is below. HOSPICE Electronic submission of the Notice of Election (NOE) – Several problems were identified with electronic submission of the NOE (for previous NAHC coverage click here),…

HHGM TEP Materials Now Available, Usability Study for Home Care Nurses

Abt Associates convened a Technical Expert Panel (TEP) on February 1, 2018 to collect perspectives, feedback, and recommendations from a wide variety of industry experts and representatives regarding the public comments received on the Home Health Groupings Model (HHGM), as described in the CY 2018 Home Health Prospective Payment System (HH PPS) Proposed Rule (82…

Mark Your Calendars for February 28 Open Door Forum

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated its agenda for the next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum, which is scheduled for: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time (ET) Call:  1-800-837-1935 Conference ID: 31630800 This call will be Conference Call only and does NOT require advance registration.  It…