CMS Webinar to Provide Compliance Overview for Hospice

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a new webinar for Medicare-certified hospice providers to provide an overview on Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) requirements. The webinar, Success with the HQRP: Putting the Pieces Together to Meet Compliance, will air on Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM ET. REGISTER…

Hospice Updates from the Recent CMS Open Door Forum

If you missed the home health portion of this CMS Open Door Forum, NAHC Report covered it HERE! The Home Health, Hospice & Durable Medical Equipment Open Door Forum held by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on September 18 covered a variety of issues pertaining to the home health and hospice industry. …

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 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. …

CMS Details Rationale for Modified Public Reporting of Hospice Visits When Death is Imminent – Paired Measure

As reported on April 5, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will publish on Hospice Compare this summer only Measure 1 of the Hospice Visits When Death is Imminent Paired Measure. Measure 1 is the percentage of patients who receive at least one visit from a registered nurse, physician, nurse practitioner, or…

Is Your Hospice Prepared for Public Display of Your Comprehensive Assessment Quality Measure (NQF#3235)?

Before the end of November, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will once again “refresh” quality measures displayed on the Hospice Compare website.  As part of that refresh, a new player – the “Hospice and Palliative Care Composite Process Measure – Comprehensive Assessment at Admission (NQF#3235)” – will take precedence over your hospice’s…

CMS Posts Hospice Quality Reporting Program Deadlines and Updates

HIS Freeze Date is November 15:  The freeze date for the Hospice Item Set (HIS) data that will be included in quality measure calculations for the February 2019 Hospice Compare refresh is November 15, 2018. The February refresh will include HIS data from Q2 2017 to Q1 2018 (4/1/17-3/31/18). All HIS records, including modifications/corrections and…

Hospice Quality Update: Quarterly Freeze TODAY at 11:59 PM EDT, Forthcoming Webinars and More

HIS Freeze Date: TODAY — August 15 – at 11:59 p.m. EDT:  The freeze date for the Hospice Item Set (HIS) data that will be included in quality measure calculations for the November 2018 Hospice Compare refresh is August 15. The November refresh will include HIS data from Q1 2017 to Q4 2017 (1/1/17-12/31/17). All…

NAHC Comments on Proposed Hospice Payment, Quality Rule for FY2019

Late April 27, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) posted the proposed FY2019 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements. In accordance with current law, the rule allows for a 1.8 percent increase in hospice payments, which equates to an increase of $340 million in hospice outlays; it also updates the…