Hospice Visits in Last Days of Life Measure Clarified

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) has re-specified the Hospice Visits When Death is Imminent (HVWDII) measure. The re-specified measure, Hospice Visits in Last Days of Life (HVLDL), and was announced by CMS via the report Hospice Visits When Death is Imminent: Measure Validity Testing Summary and Re-Specifications (posted in September, 2020). HVLDL is a…

New CMS Webinar: What You Need to Know About Changes in the Hospice Item Set Manual

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. ET. The purpose of this training is to provide a general overview of the changes included in the Hospice Item Set (HIS) Manual V3.00. Specific topics include: The Hospice Quality Reporting Program…

Hospice Item Set and Manual Updated, 2020 Hospice Technical Expert Panel Report Posted

The final Hospice Item Set (HIS) Manual V3.00 is now available, as is the updated HIS-Admission and HIS-Discharge documents. The updates to the HIS Manual and HIS-Discharge instrument reflect the removal of Section O and associated measures.  The HIS-Admission instrument was updated to reflect the current reporting year dates.  These changes were made to accommodate…

CMS Provides Clarification for Hospice Quality Reporting Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Home Health, Hospice, and DME (Durable Medical Equipment) Open Door Forum on January 26 (see NAHC Report) left some questions about the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) unanswered, so NAHC followed-up with CMS HQRP experts and received important clarifications. Read on for the full details. HIS-Discharge Record…

Hospice Quality Reporting Program Updates for January 2021

It has been a busy end of 2020 and beginning of 2021 for the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP).  Below are announcements, updates and plans hospices should be aware of.  Future Quality Measures The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in its January 26, 2021 Home Health, Hospice, & DME Open Door Forum…

CMS Open Door Form Focuses on Quality Reporting Programs

On December 16, 2020 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Home Health, Hospice & DME (Durable Medical Equipment) Open Door Forum (ODF).  The majority of the updates provided by CMS for home health and hospice were related to the respective quality reporting programs, and questions asked by participants surrounded the upcoming…

CMS Open Door Forum Updates Home Health & Hospice

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Home Health, Hospice and Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Open Door Forum (ODF) on November 4 where CMS reviewed information and resources it has recently released.  A summary is below. HOME HEALTH CMS provided a high level overview of the provisions of the CY2021 Home Health…

Hospice Quality Reporting Program Revisions Proposed

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is planning to revise the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) measures and the Hospice Item Set (HIS) to remove Section O from the HIS and replace the Hospice Visits When Death is Imminent measure with a Hospice Visits in the Last Days of Life measure. Section O…

Home Health & Hospice Providers: Quality Reporting Resumption and Letters of Noncompliance

NAHC Report wants to remind both hospice and home health providers that quality data reporting  resumed July 1, 2020. For three calendar quarters – October 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 – the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provided an exception for hospice and home health providers from submitting quality data due to…

Hospice Quality Reporting Program and HOPE Update

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently posted a recorded Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) webinar which provided an update on the development and testing of the Hospice Outcome and Patient Evaluation (HOPE). (See the Downloads section of the CMS HOPE webpage for the recording and materials.) The HOPE is the standardized comprehensive…