Update: CMS Announces Quality Reporting Program Relief

As previously reported, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced some quality reporting program relief for providers last week.  For both home health and hospice there are some data that do not need to be submitted, and there were some outstanding questions on exactly what the relief covered.  Over this past weekend CMS…

New CMS Open Door Forum to Focus on PDGM, Hospice Compare & More

The next Open Door Forum hosted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will focus on hot topics like the Patient Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), Hospice Compare, home health and hospice quality reporting updates, and a lot more. The next Open Door Forum will take place on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 from 2:00…

Future Home Health and Hospice Quality Measures Under Consideration

As was previously reported, the list of quality Measures Under Consideration (MUC) for the home health quality reporting program (HH QRP) and the hospice quality reporting program (HQRP) were  released and NAHC submitted comments concerning the two measures, one for each program.  On December 18, 2019, the Measures Application Partnership (MAP) released its 2019-2020 Preliminary…

Home Health Quality Reporting Program Updates

OASIS Considerations for Medicare PDGM Patients The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted resource, OASIS Considerations for Medicare PDGM Patients, to assist agencies with OASIS considerations during the PPS-to-Patient Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) transition. This document provides guidance to providers on how to correctly complete the M0090 Date Assessment Completed for patients starts…

CMS Releases List of Potential Future Quality Measures

The National Quality Forum (NQF) recently posted the list of Measures Under Consideration  (MUC) for future use in the hospice quality reporting program (HQRP) and the home health quality reporting program (HH QRP). The list is released annually, and there is an opportunity for stakeholder comment. In fact, comments are due next week – November…

Quality Reporting Updates for Home Health Providers

The Quarterly OASIS Q&As for July 2019 are available here. NAHC previously reported that the Provider Preview Reports and the Star Rating Preview Reports were available in home health agencies’ CASPER folder.  Both of these reports have been recently updated by CMS.  The Provider Preview Reports posted for the October 2019 refresh have been corrected…

CMS to Add Publicly Reported Quality Measure for Home Health

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that the Potentially Preventable 30-Day Post-Discharge Readmissions measure is scheduled to be publicly displayed in Home Health Compare with the October 2019 refresh. This measure was originally scheduled to be added to Compare with the January 2019 refresh, but CMS decided to conduct further testing.…

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)…

Home Health Compare Updated

The January 2019 quarterly Home Health (HH) Compare refresh, including new quality measure results based on data submitted to CMS, is now available on the HH Compare Site. In addition to the HH QRP measures that have displayed on Home Health Compare previously, the following four new quality measures are newly reported on HH Compare:…