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…

Hospice Quality Reporting Program Update

HOSPICE ITEM SET (HIS) AND HOPE INSTRUMENT Recruitment Announcement – Alpha Test for the Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation (HOPE) assessment instrument Abt Associates is currently recruiting hospice providers to participate in a field test (called an alpha test) of the new hospice patient assessment instrument, titled Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation (HOPE). Data collection…

Hospice Quality Update

The annual list of hospices that have successfully met the quality reporting requirements has been posted and can be found here.  Hospices are placed on the list if they’ve  submitted 90% of HIS records within 30 days of the qualifying event (admission or discharge) AND the hospice’s  third party vendor submitted CAHPS hospice survey data…

CMS to Hold Open Door Forum on PDGM, CAHPS, Quality Reporting, and more

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will hold its next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 PM at 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time (ET). The subjects scheduled to be covered during this Open Door Forum include: Home health PDGM HHCAHPS Survey Updates Updates and Announcements from the…

CMS Signals Intent to Study Web-based Administration of CAHPS Surveys

On January 31, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published notice in the Federal Register requesting input on plans for Testing of a Web Survey Design and Administration for CMS Experience of Care Surveys.  The request provides the opportunity for public comment on any burden that might be associated with CMS’ plans to…

Hospice Quality Updates

December has started with a flurry of holiday activities, and some hospice quality updates which are summarized below. Hospice Compare A refresh of Hospice Compare data was scheduled for November and the updated data was refreshed on Compare December 3, 2018. CAHPS Hospice Survey REMINDERS OF UPCOMING DEADLINES There are two December dates hospices need…

CMS Awards Funding for Development of Palliative Care, Other Quality Measures

On September 21 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded seven organizations new cooperative agreements to partner in developing, improving, updating, or expanding quality measures for Medicare’s Quality Payment Program (QPP). These cooperative agreements, authorized under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), represent the first funding initiative supporting public-private…

Hospice Quality Updates: August 7 Reconsideration Deadline and Training Alerts

Reminder — HQRP Reconsideration Period Deadline August 7, 2018: the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has provided notifications to hospices that were determined to be out of compliance with Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) requirements for CY 2017, which will affect their FY 2019 Annual Payment Update (APU). Non-compliance notifications were mailed by the Medicare…

Hospice Quality Updates

–May 9 is Next CAHPS Deadline HQRP Webinar Recording and Transcript Available:  An audio recording and transcript (see DOWNLOADS section) are available for the March 27 webinar on the Hospice Quality Reporting Program. As part of the webinar, CMS introduces and presents previews of the two recently-released series of educational modules (“Navigating the HQRP Websites” and “HIS Coding” Modules Series)…

CMS Launches Public Reporting of CAHPS® Hospice Survey Results

On February 20, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued the first publication of results from the CAHPS® Hospice Survey on Hospice Compare.  Hospice Compare may be found at:  https://www.medicare.gov/hospicecompare/. On the Hospice Compare website, patients, their families, caregivers, referral sources and providers have access to information related to choosing a hospice provider. …