NEW Hospice Provider Preview Reports

Last month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the Hospice Visits in the Last Days of Life (HVLDL) and the Hospice Care Index (HCI) claims-based measures were not publicly displayed as planned in the May 2022 refresh. NAHC reached out to CMS about this and learned that there were technical errors in the data calculation, which were discovered well after the Preview Reports for these measures were released to hospices in March.

CMS is mandated to give providers a full 30 days to review the Preview Reports.  Because of this, there was not time to re-release Preview Reports prior to the planned May 2022 refresh.  Hospices should disregard the Preview Reports released in March for the HVLDL and HCI.

CMS is targeting the August 2022 refresh for the inaugural display of these quality measures and announced that new Provider Preview Reports for the HVLDL and HCI are now available in hospice’s CASPER (Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reports) folder. 

Hospices utilized data from the incorrect scores in the Preview Reports to plan for performance improvement and they may have to adjust their priorities and plans now that the new Preview Reports are available.

The recently available provider Preview Reports also contain the Preview Reports for other publicly reported measures that will be updated in the August 2022 Care Compare refresh.  These include the CAHPS Hospice Star Rating and the HIS Comprehensive Assessment measure.

Once released in CASPER, providers will have 30 days during which to review their quality measure results.  Although the actual “preview period” is 30 days, the reports will continue to be available for another 30 days, or a total of 60 days. The preview period for the latest Provider Preview Report lasts from May 25, 2022 to June 27, 2022.

CMS encourages providers to download and save their Hospice Provider Preview Reports for future reference, as they will no longer be available in CASPER after this 60-day period.

NEW Hospice Provider Preview Reports

Last month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the Hospice Visits in the Last Days of Life (HVLDL) and the Hospice Care Index (HCI) claims-based measures were not publicly displayed as planned in the May 2022 refresh. NAHC reached out to CMS about this and learned that there were technical errors…

Hospice Star Rating, Updated HCI Provider Preview Reports, and HQRP Tip Sheets

A Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) webinar on the CAHPS hospice star rating on December 16, 2021 revealed additional detail about the rating, which will be publicly reported on Care Compare beginning in August 2022. CMS is calling this star rating the “Family Caregiver Survey Rating Summary Star” and it will range from one star (worst) to five stars (best).

CMS will calculate nine CAHPS Hospice Star Ratings: one for each of the eight publicly reported CAHPS Hospice measures and a Family Caregiver Survey Rating, which is a summary star rating that combines the star ratings of the eight family caregiver experience measures. Only the CAHPS Hospice Summary Star Rating will be publicly reported on Care Compare and only those hospices with 75 or more completed surveys over the reporting period will have their star rating publicly reported. The rating will be updated every other quarter (every 6 months). CMS is using the February 2022 and May 2022 Care Compare refresh period as a “dry run”. This allows hospices to see their star ratings and what the summary star rating would be if it were to be posted on Care Compare.

Again, CMS will not post the Star Rating on Care Compare until August 2022. Hospices can see their first “dry run” ratings in their CMS Preview Report that became available in November 2021. This is an “on demand” report so it does not automatically appear in the CASPER folder. Hospices need to run the report from the “Hospice Quality Reporting Program” report category. The reporting period for the dry run is October 1, 2018 – December 31, 2019; July 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021. More information about how to access the Star Rating Preview Report is found in the Hospice Quality Reporting Measure Specifications User’s Guide.

During the webinar, CMS explained the calculation of the star rating, which is similar to calculations CMS uses in other quality reporting programs. Top-box scores, the proportion of respondents who gave the most favorable response(s) for each of the CAHPS Hospice Survey measures that are publicly reported, are used and adjusted for the case mix of the hospice and mode of survey administration. CMS intended with the calculation to have maximal differentiation between the star categories and to have minimal differentiation of hospices within the star category making the star rating more meaningful. Detailed information regarding the calculation can be found in the CAHPS Star Rating Technical Notes.

A little more than 2000 hospices met the eligibility criteria to be assigned a star rating for the dry run period. This is not an overwhelming majority of hospices so it is possible there are pockets where only some of the hospices will have a publicly reported Star Rating which may make comparison among hospices confusing. Approximately 90 percent of Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in hospice in 2020 were enrolled in a hospice that does have a Star Rating during the dry run.

The slides and recording of the December 16 webinar will also be available soon on the CMS Hospice Quality Reporting webpage. Additionally, NAHC is developing a resource for providers which will be available at the beginning of 2022.

HCI UPDATE
Due to an issue identified with the national averages and percentile calculations for the Hospice Care Index (HCI) measure, CMS revised the data for the HCI Preview Reports. Hospices are able to access these revised reports via the Hospice Quality Reporting Program category in their CASPER folders now.

CMS is targeting the May 2022 refresh for the inaugural public display of the HCI and Hospice Visits in the Last Days of Life (HVLDL) claims-based measures. The eight quarters of claims data used to calculate these measures for a May 2022 refresh would include Q2 2019–Q4 2019 and Q3 2020–Q3 2021. CMS is also planning to provide annual updates to the claims-based measures in November 2022 and each following November refresh. Learn more about HCI and HVLDL in the Q&A on Claims-Based Measures downloadable (PDF) located on the Background and Announcements webpage.

HQRP TIP SHEETS
CMS updated the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) resources on December 16 by posting two new Tip Sheets

Second Edition HQRP Public Reporting Tip Sheet
HQRP Compliance Tip Sheet_ FY 2022 and Future Years​
The Second Edition HQRP Public Reporting Tip Sheet explains how CMS will handle the impact of the temporary exemption of quality reporting that occurred due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) in the HQRP going forward and incorporates the changes to the HQRP from the FY 2022 hospice final rule. The HQRP Compliance Tip Sheet_FY 2022 and Future Years provides information on the HQRP, compliance requirements and how to track compliance.

Hospice Star Rating, Updated HCI Provider Preview Reports, and HQRP Tip Sheets

A Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) webinar on the CAHPS hospice star rating on December 16, 2021 revealed additional detail about the rating, which will be publicly reported on Care Compare beginning in August 2022. CMS is calling this star rating the “Family Caregiver Survey Rating Summary Star” and it will range from…

Did You Miss It? New Publicly Reported Hospice Quality Measures: Hospice Care Index & Hospice Visits in Last Days of Life

If you missed this webinar, which aired live on November 30, you can still watch it.

Two new claims-based measures will be publicly reported in 2022 – HCI and HVLDL.  The HCI is brand new to hospices and includes ten different indicators of performance comprising the Index.  It is a measure that is complex and utilizes hospice claims data over a two-year period.  Hospices have many questions about each of the ten indicators, calculation of the Index score, and expected performance for each of the indicators as well as the Index.  This session will focus primarily on these aspects of the HCI and what hospices should be addressing in daily operations to impact the HCI, but will also include a review of the HVLDL and its most frequently asked questions.

Objectives:

  1. Describe the HCI measure and each of its ten indicators
  2. Explain the performance calculations for the ten HCI indicators and the Index
  3. Share a forecast of the expected public reporting timeframe for the HCI
  4. Provide suggestions for preparing for public reporting and performance improvement
  5. Review the HVLDL most frequently asked questions

FACULTY:

  • Katie Wehri, Director of Home Health & Hospice Regulatory Affairs, NAHC
  • Jennifer Hale, MSN BS RN CHPN, Vice President, Clinical Quality and Standards, Compassus

Registration Fees:

  • Members: Free
  • Non-members: $99

REGISTER

New Publicly Reported Hospice Quality Measures: Hospice Care Index & Hospice Visits in Last Days of Life

November 30, 2021 Noon to 1:00PM Eastern REGISTER Free to NAHC members! Two new claims-based measures will be publicly reported in 2022 – HCI and HVLDL.  The HCI is brand new to hospices and includes ten different indicators of performance comprising the Index.  It is a measure that is complex and utilizes hospice claims data…

New Publicly Reported Hospice Quality Measures: Hospice Care Index & Hospice Visits in Last Days of Life

  • November 30, 2021
  • Noon to 1:00PM Eastern
  • REGISTER
  • Free to NAHC members!

Two new claims-based measures will be publicly reported in 2022 – HCI and HVLDL.  The HCI is brand new to hospices and includes ten different indicators of performance comprising the Index.  It is a measure that is complex and utilizes hospice claims data over a two-year period.  Hospices have many questions about each of the ten indicators, calculation of the Index score, and expected performance for each of the indicators as well as the Index.  This session will focus primarily on these aspects of the HCI and what hospices should be addressing in daily operations to impact the HCI, but will also include a review of the HVLDL and its most frequently asked questions.

Objectives:

  1. Describe the HCI measure and each of its ten indicators
  2. Explain the performance calculations for the ten HCI indicators and the Index
  3. Share a forecast of the expected public reporting timeframe for the HCI
  4. Provide suggestions for preparing for public reporting and performance improvement
  5. Review the HVLDL most frequently asked questions

FACULTY:

  • Katie Wehri, Director of Home Health & Hospice Regulatory Affairs, NAHC
  • Jennifer Hale, MSN BS RN CHPN, Vice President, Clinical Quality and Standards, Compassus

Registration Fees:

  • Members: Free
  • Non-members: $99

REGISTER

New Publicly Reported Hospice Quality Measures: Hospice Care Index & Hospice Visits in Last Days of Life

  • November 30, 2021
  • Noon to 1:00PM Eastern
  • REGISTER
  • Free to NAHC members!

Two new claims-based measures will be publicly reported in 2022 – HCI and HVLDL.  The HCI is brand new to hospices and includes ten different indicators of performance comprising the Index.  It is a measure that is complex and utilizes hospice claims data over a two-year period.  Hospices have many questions about each of the ten indicators, calculation of the Index score, and expected performance for each of the indicators as well as the Index.  This session will focus primarily on these aspects of the HCI and what hospices should be addressing in daily operations to impact the HCI, but will also include a review of the HVLDL and its most frequently asked questions.

Objectives:

  1. Describe the HCI measure and each of its ten indicators
  2. Explain the performance calculations for the ten HCI indicators and the Index
  3. Share a forecast of the expected public reporting timeframe for the HCI
  4. Provide suggestions for preparing for public reporting and performance improvement
  5. Review the HVLDL most frequently asked questions

FACULTY:

  • Katie Wehri, Director of Home Health & Hospice Regulatory Affairs, NAHC
  • Jennifer Hale, MSN BS RN CHPN, Vice President, Clinical Quality and Standards, Compassus

Registration Fees:

  • Members: Free
  • Non-members: $99

REGISTER

Hospice Quality Reporting Program Updates

Important Nov 30 webinar on this topic! There are several new documents and updates for the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) that hospices should be aware of as the new reporting year quickly approaches.  These are outlined below. In addition to these updates, NAHC will answer all your questions about this topic in a new…

CMS Releases Details of Two New Hospice Quality Reporting Measures

Register for the October 19 Hospice Quality Reporting Program Forum (See details below) Hospices have been anxiously awaiting additional information on two new Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) measures: Hospice Visits in Last Days of Life Hospice Care Index. These are claims-based measures that CMS has indicated will be publicly posted on Care Compare no…