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 Quality Updates: CMS Wants Experts for Hospice Assessment Instrument Panel, Quality Information Materials Posted

Recruitment Announcement – Technical Expert Panel (TEP) for HQRP Patient Assessment Instrument and Quality Measure Development:  Abt Associates is currently recruiting a wide range of hospice stakeholders, including providers, patients, and quality improvement experts, to participate in a Technical Expert Panel (TEP) to provide input on an assessment instrument and corresponding quality measures for hospice…

NAHC Webinar: Why Medicare Advantage Should be on the Hospice Radar Screen

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will present a new webinar, Why Medicare Advantage Should be on the Hospice Radar Screen, Part III. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern Time. REGISTER NOW! Recent growth in Medicare Advantage penetration, and rules that…

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…

OIG Finds Medicare Part D Still Spending Millions for Hospice Drugs

Over recent years the Department of Health & Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and others have conducted analyses of spending outside of hospice while patients are on service and determined that Medicare may be paying separately for care (including prescription drugs under Part D) that should be the responsibility of the hospice. …

NAHC Submits Comments on Burden Reduction

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) submitted comments on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) “Request for Information; Reducing Administrative Burden to Put Patients over Paperwork”. NAHC is always on the hunt for troublesome and unnecessary rules and regulations that come between patients and the quality care at home they…

Summary of CMS Open Door Forum on Home Health and Hospice

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Home Health, Hospice, and Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Open Door Forum (ODF) on August 15, 2019.  Below is a summary of the information shared for home health and hospice providers. HOME HEALTH CY2020 PROPOSED RULE CMS reviewed the key provisions of the CY 2020 proposed…

FY2020 Hospice Medicare and Medicaid Base Rates at a Glance

–Hospice Medicare FY2020 Pricer Now Available Beginning October 1, 2019, hospice base payment rates will increase by 2.6 percent, as published in the final FY2020 Hospice Payment Rule.  As a reminder, those rates reflect the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) decision to rebase payment rates (thereby increasing payments) for Continuous Home Care (CHC),…

Hospice Compare Quarterly Refresh Available

The August 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 Q4 2017-Q3 2018 and Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Survey® results reported Q4 2016 – Q3 2018. Beginning with the August 2019 refresh, Hospice Compare…

Hospice Quality Updates for August 8, 2019

Recruitment Announcement – Focus Groups for Hospice Patient Assessment Instrument – Opportunities for EHR Vendors and Patients/Families:  As has been reported recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is recruiting experienced hospice providers and clinicians to participate in focus groups to discuss and provide input as we develop a hospice patient assessment tool.…