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…

CMS Releases Data Element Library

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the release of its first Data Element Library (DEL). The DEL is a new CMS database that supports the exchange of electronic health information. The DEL is a key element in enabling interoperability of standardized assessment items being developed as required by the Improving Medicare Post-Acute…

Hospice CAHPS, Preview Reports and Other Updates Posted

Case-Mix Adjustment Methods for CAHPS Hospice Survey Measures Document Posted:  Updates to the Case-Mix Adjustment (CMA) Methods document which describes refinements to the CMA model, updated coefficients and means from Quarter 3 2017 for CAHPS Hospice Survey has been posted on the Scoring and Analysis page. To view or download these documents, please click HERE…

Hospice Compare Refresh, HQRP Training and more CMS Quality Updates

REGISTRATION OPEN—Hospice Quality Reporting Program Data Submission and Reporting Webinar, May 30, 2018:  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting a webinar for hospice providers on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. EDT. The focus of the webinar will be to help providers understand the reports that are available through…

The Hospice Item Set Freeze Date is Tuesday, May 15

The freeze date for the Hospice Item Set (HIS) data that will be included in quality measure calculations for the August 2018 Hospice Compare refresh is May 15, 2018. The August refresh will include HIS data from Q4 2016 to Q3 2017 (10/1/16-9/30/17). All HIS records, including modifications/corrections and inactivations need to be submitted and…

CMS Launches Public Reporting of CAHPS® Hospice Survey Results

On February 20, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued the first publication of results from the CAHPS® Hospice Survey on Hospice Compare.  Hospice Compare may be found at:  https://www.medicare.gov/hospicecompare/. On the Hospice Compare website, patients, their families, caregivers, referral sources and providers have access to information related to choosing a hospice provider. …

Hospice Quality Updates!

Hospice QRP: HIS Freeze Date was February 15 The freeze date for submitting corrections/modifications to the Hospice Item Set (HIS) for the May 2018 Hospice Compare refresh was February 15, 2018. The May refresh will include HIS data from Q3 2016 to Q2 2017 and CAHPS data from Q2 2015- Q1 2017. Please note, CAHPS…