CMS: Changes Coming to Hospice Evaluation and Assessment Reporting Tool (HEART)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ) held a Special Open Door Forum (SODF) on the development of a hospice assessment tool on March 13, 2019.  The purpose was to provide an update on the status of the tool and allow hospices and other interested parties to…

CMS Holds Hospice, Home Health “Patients over Paperwork” Listening Sessions at NAHC Conference

–Sessions part of CMS’ expansion of “customer engagement” initiatives Approximately one year ago the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its “Patients over Paperwork” initiative, under which the agency began in-depth discussions on steps that could be taken to reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens on health care providers, increase efficiencies, and improve the beneficiary…

CMS Hosts First Hospice HEART Assessment Special Open Door Forum

On Wednesday, September 26, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began engagement of hospice stakeholders in discussions on the ongoing process of developing an assessment tool (the Hospice Evaluation and Assessment Reporting Tool — HEART) for use as part of the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP by holding the first of several…

CMS Announces Plans for Retooling Hospice HEART Assessment Other Hospice Quality Reporting News

Hospice Quality Reporting Non-Compliance Letters En Route to Providers:  As reported previously, in mid-June hospice providers should have received an email from CORMAC, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) contractor that outlined the process for alerting hospices if they failed to meet the quality reporting requirements applicable to the fiscal year (FY) 2019 payment…