CMS Open Door Forum: Updates on BFCC-QIO Appeals Delays, Hospice Quality Reminders

On February 26, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held its monthly Home Health, Hospice and DME Open Door Forum (ODF). What follows is a summary of updates related to hospice and Beneficiary and Family-Centered Care Quality Improvement Organizations. SPECIAL UPDATE on BFCC-QIO Appeals/Case Processing Delays: Representatives of the Division of Beneficiary Review…

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…

CMS Plans Complete Redesign of Compare Websites for Home Health, Hospice

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to launch a new Medicare Care Compare on Medicare.gov to combine and standardize the eight existing Compare tools, including those for home health and hospice, according to a blog post today from CMS Administrator Seema Verma. The new Compare tool, which CMS plans to launch in…

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…

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…

Hospice Compare Quarterly Refresh Available

The August 2019 quarterly Hospice Compare refresh of quality data is now available. It is based on Hospice Item Set (HIS) quality measure results from data collected Q4 2017-Q3 2018 and Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Survey® results reported Q4 2016 – Q3 2018. Beginning with the August 2019 refresh, Hospice Compare…

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…

New Information on Hospice Compare

The May 2019 quarterly Hospice Compare refresh of quality data is now available. It is based on Hospice Item Set (HIS) quality measure results from data collected Q3 2017-Q2 2018 and Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Survey® results reported Q3 2016 – Q2 2018. This refresh includes additional information on hospice characteristics. …

New CMS Webinar on how to Ensure Your Agency’s Hospice Compare Data is Accurate

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be hosting a webinar on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. ET. The primary purpose of the webinar is to increase providers’ awareness of how to use the new Review and Correct Report to verify the data displayed on the Hospice Compare website…

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…