CMS Open Door Forum Summary: Home Health

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Home Health, Hospice, and DME Open Door Forum on September 21, 2022. The summary of the Forum applicable to home health and hospice providers is below. Home Health Value Based Purchasing (HHVBP) The Home Health Value Based Purchasing (HHVBP) program is scheduled to begin January…

Next CMS Home Health & Hospice Open Door Forum is Wednesday

The next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum is scheduled for Wednesday, September 21, 2022 PM at 3:30-4:30 PM Eastern Time (ET). Please call at least 15 minutes prior to the forum start time. **This Agenda is Subject to Change** Opening Remarks Chair – Brian Slater, Center for Medicare, CMS Co-Chair- Kelly Vontran,…

Next Home Health and Hospice Open Door Forum is at 2 PM Today!

The next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum is scheduled for Wednesday, August 10, 2022 PM at 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time (ET).

Please call at least 15 minutes prior to the forum start time.

**This Agenda is Subject to Change**

  • Opening Remarks

Chair – Brian Slater, Center for Medicare, CMS

Co-Chair- Kelly Vontran, Center for Medicare, CMS

Moderator – Jill Darling, Office of Communications, CMS

  • Announcements & Updates

III. Open Q&A

 

Open Door Participation Instructions:

This call will be Conference Call Only.

To participate by phone, dial: 1-888-455-1397 and reference conference passcode 5109694.

Persons participating by phone do not need to RSVP. TTY Communications Relay Services are available for the Hearing Impaired.  For TTY services dial 7-1-1 or 1-800-855-2880. A Relay Communications Assistant will help.

Instant Replay: 1-800-396-1242; Conference Passcode: No Passcode Needed

Instant Replay is an audio recording of this call that can be accessed by dialing 1- 800-396-1242, 1 hour after the call has ended. The recording expires August 12, 2022, 11:59 PM ET.

Next Home Health and Hospice Open Door Forum is Aug. 10

The next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum is scheduled for Wednesday, August 10, 2022 PM at 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time (ET). Please call at least 15 minutes prior to the forum start time. **This Agenda is Subject to Change** Opening Remarks Chair – Brian Slater, Center for Medicare, CMS Co-Chair- Kelly Vontran,…

CMS Open Door Forum to Discuss New HCBS Quality Standards

The next CMS Long-Term Services and Supports Open Door Forum from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will take place on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Eastern Time (ET). The topic will be the first-ever home- and community-Based Services (HCBS) quality measure set to promote consistent quality measurement within and across state Medicaid HCBS programs.

Learn more about that CMS announcement in this Hospice & Palliative Care Report article.

Please dial-in at least 15 minutes before call start time.

Conference Leaders: Jodie Sumeracki, CMCS and Jill Darling, CMS Office of Communications

**This Agenda is Subject to Change**

  1. Opening Remarks

Chair – Jodie Sumeracki (CMCS)

Moderator – Jill Darling (OC)

  1. Announcements & Updates

III. Open Q&A

Open Door Participation Instructions:

To participate by phone, dial: 1-888-455-1397 & Reference Passcode: 5109694

CMS Open Door Forum to Discuss New HCBS Quality Standards

The next CMS Long-Term Services and Supports Open Door Forum from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will take place on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Eastern Time (ET). The topic will be the first-ever home- and community-Based Services (HCBS) quality measure set to promote consistent quality measurement within and across state Medicaid HCBS programs.

Learn more about that CMS announcement in this Private Duty Source article.

Please dial-in at least 15 minutes before call start time.

Conference Leaders: Jodie Sumeracki, CMCS and Jill Darling, CMS Office of Communications

**This Agenda is Subject to Change**

  1. Opening Remarks

Chair – Jodie Sumeracki (CMCS)

Moderator – Jill Darling (OC)

  1. Announcements & Updates

III. Open Q&A

Open Door Participation Instructions:

To participate by phone, dial: 1-888-455-1397 & Reference Passcode: 5109694

Summary of the CMS Open Door Forum on June 29

During the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Home Health, Hospice, and DME Open Door Forum on June 29, 2022, CMS reminded hospices that the August refresh of Care Compare will include the two new claims-based measures – Hospice Visits in Last Days of Life and Hospice Care Index.  These measures were slated to be publicly reported with the May refresh of Care Compare but this was pushed back to August due to errors in the Provider Preview Reports for these measures issued in March.  Therefore, hospices are to disregard the preview reports for March.  Corrected preview reports are available now.

The reconsideration period for the FY2023 annual payment update (APU) hospice quality reporting program (HQRP) requirements is coming up.  Hospice providers will receive notification from their Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) if they are subject to the APU penalty, and they will also receive notification in their CASPER folder.

Several new resources are scheduled to be posted to the HQRP website soon.  These include the latest quarterly communication as well as new video resources that provide an overview of HQRP and an explanation of the HCI measure.  CMS is also planning to release a technical report on the HCI.  Stay tuned to NAHC Report for more information as these items become available.

There was some concern expressed by hospice participants in the ODF that the Care Compare website currently reflects that data for the HCI and HVLDL is suppressed upon request from the agency. This is not accurate as CMS suppressed the data due to an error in the preview reports, as stated above. CMS indicated that there is an additional update to the footnotes that will be pushed out soon and should provide some additional clarity on this situation for the public.

Summary of the CMS Open Door Forum on June 29

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Home Health, Hospice, and DME Open Door Forum on June 29, 2022. The summary of the Forum applicable to home health and hospice providers is below. HOME HEALTH CMS provided a high-level summary of the CY 2023 Home Health PPS Rule.  (See the NAHC Report…

The Next CMS Open Door Forum is Tomorrow

The next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum is scheduled for Wednesday, June 29, 2022 PM at 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time (ET). Please call at least 15 minutes prior to the forum start time. **This Agenda is Subject to Change** Opening Remarks Chair – Brian Slater, Center for Medicare, CMS Co-Chair- Kelly Vontran,…

What You Need to Know About the CMS Open Door Forum

During the most recent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Home Health, Hospice, and DME (Durable Medicare Equipment) Open Door Forum (ODF), the following information and updates were provided:

FY2023 Hospice Proposed Rule

CMS provided a brief update of the proposed payment rate update (2.7%), wage index changes, and other aspects of the recently released FY2023 hospice proposed rule.  See the detailed NAHC summary and a link to the NAHC recorded webinar here.

Hospice Quality Reporting Program

CMS reminded hospices that the FY2024 annual payment update is based on the CY2022 data submissions.  Hospices must comply with the following HIS and Hospice CAHPS Survey participation requirements to avoid the APU penalty which increases to 4% in FY2024.

  • Submit at least 90% of HIS records within the 30 days of the event date (patient’s admission or discharge) for patient admissions/discharges occurring 1/1/22 – 12/31/22
  • Ongoing monthly participation in the CAHPS Hospice Survey 1/1/22 – 12/31/22

Public reporting of the new claims-based measures

  • Hospice Care Index (HCI), and
  • Hospice Visits in Last Days of Life (HVLDL)

will occur with the May 2022 refresh of Care Compare.  The Provider Preview Reports for this refresh were made available to hospices in their CASPER folders in March.  Hospices should note that the Preview Reports drop off their CASPER folder after 60 days; therefore, hospices are encouraged to download and save or print these reports for future reference.

CAHPS Hospice Survey Star Rating will be reported in August 2022.  It will NOT be reported with the May Care Compare refresh.