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…

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…

Future Home Health and Hospice Quality Measures Under Consideration

As was previously reported, the list of quality Measures Under Consideration (MUC) for the home health quality reporting program (HH QRP) and the hospice quality reporting program (HQRP) were  released and NAHC submitted comments concerning the two measures, one for each program.  On December 18, 2019, the Measures Application Partnership (MAP) released its 2019-2020 Preliminary…

Hospice Quality Reporting Program Update

HOSPICE ITEM SET (HIS) AND HOPE INSTRUMENT Recruitment Announcement – Alpha Test for the Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation (HOPE) assessment instrument Abt Associates is currently recruiting hospice providers to participate in a field test (called an alpha test) of the new hospice patient assessment instrument, titled Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation (HOPE). Data collection…

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…

CMS Open Door Forum on Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation Tool

The Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ) at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will hold a Special Open Door Forum on developing a hospice patient assessment tool, now called CMS. This ODF will be a status update on HOPE. The ODF will take place on Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 2:00…

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…