CMS Webinar to Provide Compliance Overview for Hospice

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a new webinar for Medicare-certified hospice providers to provide an overview on Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) requirements. The webinar, Success with the HQRP: Putting the Pieces Together to Meet Compliance, will air on Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM ET. REGISTER…

Hospice Provider Preview Reports Now Available

Check your report to make sure it is accurate 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…

Hospice Provider Preview Reports Now Available

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 measure…

Hospice Quality Updates: CMS Wants Experts for Hospice Assessment Instrument Panel, Quality Information Materials Posted

Recruitment Announcement – Technical Expert Panel (TEP) for HQRP Patient Assessment Instrument and Quality Measure Development:  Abt Associates is currently recruiting a wide range of hospice stakeholders, including providers, patients, and quality improvement experts, to participate in a Technical Expert Panel (TEP) to provide input on an assessment instrument and corresponding quality measures for hospice…

Hospice Provider Preview Reports Now Available

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 measure results…

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…