CMS Details Rationale for Modified Public Reporting of Hospice Visits When Death is Imminent – Paired Measure

As reported on April 5, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will publish on Hospice Compare this summer only Measure 1 of the Hospice Visits When Death is Imminent Paired Measure. Measure 1 is the percentage of patients who receive at least one visit from a registered nurse, physician, nurse practitioner, or…

Hospice Quality Reporting Program Updates

Below are some updates to be aware of in the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP): CAHPS Hospice Survey Russian Mail and Telephone Materials Posted An updated version of the CAHPS Hospice Survey Russian Mail materials and a new Russian translation of the CAHPS Hospice Survey Telephone Script have been released.  The changes must be implemented…

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…