CMS Wants Recruits for the Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation Beta Test

APPLY BY JUNE 14 APPLICATION IS HERE The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Abt Associates are recruiting Medicare-certified hospices for the HOPE beta test. The detailed announcement and application are attached and located on the HQRP Provider & Stakeholder Engagement webpage. CMS plans to include hospices from each of the four Census…

CMS Hospice Quality Reporting Program Forum on May 12

On Wednesday, May 12, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a webinar to share updates on the Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation (HOPE) assessment. During this webinar, CMS subject matter experts will discuss the following: HOPE background and objectives HOPE development and testing updates CMS subject matter experts will answer questions…

CMS Provides Quarterly Update on Hospice Quality Reporting Program

Providers will need to manually calculate their compliance for the period July 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020. The recently released Hospice Quality Reporting Program Quarterly Updates for January – March 2021 compiles the  Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) information released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) during the 1Q 2021. Most of…

CMS Open Door Forum: Hospice Proposed Payment Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Open Door Forum (ODF) topic of interest for hospices on April 13, 2021 was the FY2022 hospice proposed rule. NAHC provided a summary of the rule shortly after it was released and if you have not read it, we urge you to do so. The rule provides…

Hospice Quality Reporting Program: Common Questions

As previously reported, NAHC received some answers to outstanding questions hospices had about the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP), relating primarily to changes from the Hospice Visits When Death is Imminent (HVWDII) measure to the Hospice Visits in Last Days of Life (HVLDL) measure and the Hospice Care Index (HCI). The Centers for Medicare &…

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…

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…

New NAHC Webinar: Future Hospice Quality Reporting Measures

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice will present a new webinar, A Discussion of Future Hospice Quality Reporting Measures, on Thursday, August 20, 2020 from 2:00PM to 3:00PM Eastern Time. REGISTER NOW! The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is considering a new claims-based composite quality measure concept, the Hospice Care Index…

CMS Considering New Hospice Quality Measure

On August 5, 2020 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) and its contractor, Abt Associates, held a webinar about a new claims-based composite quality measure concept that CMS is considering including in the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP), the Hospice Care Index (HCI).  The intent of the HCI is to capture many aspects of…

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…