Important Reminder: Hospice Quality Reporting Program

Beginning with the November 2019 Hospice Compare refresh, providers need to submit all HIS modification or inactivation records prior to the 4.5 month data correction deadline for public reporting for the modifications to be reflected in the corresponding HIS Provider Preview Report and Hospice Compare refresh. This means that providers will have 4.5 months following…

CMS Notifying Agencies of Non-Compliance

Also, you may download preview reports and star rating reports from January 2020 refresh The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is providing notifications to Home Health Agencies that were determined to be out of compliance with Home Health Quality Reporting Program (HH QRP) requirements, which will affect their CY 2020 Annual Payment Update (APU).…

Summary of CMS Open Door Forum on Home Health and Hospice

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Home Health, Hospice, and Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Open Door Forum (ODF) on August 15, 2019.  Below is a summary of the information shared for home health and hospice providers. HOME HEALTH CY2020 PROPOSED RULE CMS reviewed the key provisions of the CY 2020 proposed…

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.…

Everything You Need to Know from the Latest CMS Open Door Forum on Home Health and Hospice

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held its Home Health, Hospice, and Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Open Door Forum earlier this week.  It was a light agenda with much of what was presented being a summary of recent CMS news which has also been covered in NAHC Report.  Below is a summary of…

Home Health Quality Reporting Program Preview Reports Now Available

As reported in the home health quality reporting program update published in the July 1, 2019 edition of NAHC Report, the Preview Reports and Star Rating Preview Reports for the October 2019 Home Health Compare refresh were delayed.  These reports are now available in the Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) folder for…

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…

Summary of Key Points in the CMS Open Door Forum on Home Health, Hospice

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum (ODF) on May 15, 2019.  Below is a summary of the ODF topics pertaining to home health and hospice. Hospice CMS reviewed the FY2020 Hospice Proposed Rule key points.  It was clear from the questions at the…

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…

Important Home Health and Hospice News in Latest CMS Open Door Forum

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum (ODF) on April 3, 2019. Below is a summary of the ODF topics pertaining to home health and hospice. Home Health REVIEW CHOICE DEMONSTRATION CMS representatives indicated that the start date for the Review Choice Demonstration (RCD)…