Home Health Quality Reporting Program Update

Home Health Quality Reporting Program Update Updated OASIS-D Q&A Document An updated question and answer (Q&A) document containing responses to questions from CMS OASIS-D trainings is now available.  The Q&A document was originally posted on December 4, 2018 but did not contain answers to questions that required additional research.  Those answers have now been updated. …

Hospice Quality Reporting Program Updates

Below are important updates related to the hospice quality reporting program (HQRP).  Topics include: Preview reports Post-training materials for the January 23, 2019 HQRP training webinar CAHPS Hospice Survey results available on Hospice Compare CAHPS Hospice Survey response rates Case-Mix adjustment methods for CAHPS Hospice Survey measures CAHPS Hospice Survey state scores and national percentiles…

Home Health CAHPS Participation Exemption Request Deadline

  Medicare-certified home health agencies that served 59 or fewer unduplicated patients between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018 who met the Home Health CAHPS (HHCAHPS) survey eligibility criteria can complete a Participation Exemption Request (PER).  The exemption is for the CY2020 annual payment update (APU).  The participation exemption is good for one year…

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…

CMS to Host New Open Door Forum for PDGM, Home Health and Hospice

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host an Open Door Forum on home health, hospice, and durable medical equipment on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern Time. The Home Health Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and Review Choice Demonstration (RCD) are two critical topics that will be covered…

Hospice Quality Update: Preview Reports Available and December 13, 2018 Training Call

PREVIEW REPORTS: Hospice provider preview reports and Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Survey ® provider preview reports have been updated and are now available. These two separate reports are available in your Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reports (CASPER) non-validation reports folder. Hospice providers are encouraged to review their Hospice Item Set (HIS) quality…

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…

Recent Hospice Quality Updates and Open Door Forum Summary

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a significant number of updates related to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (Hospice QRP) in recent days.  Additionally, information for Hospice providers presented on the November 14, 2018, Open Door Forum (ODF) focused exclusively on the Hospice QRP.   This NAHC Report article contains a listing of…

New CMS Open Door Forum on Final Rule, CAHPS, Review Choice Demonstration

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM Eastern Time, with the focus on the CY 2019 Home Health Prospective Payment System Final Rule, home health and hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers…

CMS Posts List of Quality Reporting-Compliant Hospices, Other Quality Updates

In recent days the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted the following updates related to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (Hospice QRP): Hospice QRP APU FY 2019: Successful Facilities:  In keeping with its announced intention in the Fiscal Year 2016 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements Final Rule…