Hospice Quality Reporting Program CY2022 Fourth Quarter Update

The Q4 2022 Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) Update has been posted to the HQRP Requirements and Best Practices webpage. As a reminder, the HQRP Quarterly Update will no longer be posted.  Instead, it will be distributed via email and providers can sign up for the quarterly informational emails at QRPHelp@swingtech.com Also, a reminder that…

CMS Open Door Forum Updates for Home Health and Hospice Providers

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Home Health, Hospice, and DME Open Door Forum on December 7, 2022.  The summary of the Forum applicable to home health and hospice providers is below. HOSPICE Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) The Provider Preview Reports (PPR) for the February refresh of Care Compare became…

Now Available in iQIES: Preview Reports for the February 2023 Refresh

Providers can now access the latest Provider Preview Reports via the Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reports (CASPER) application. Once released in CASPER, providers will have 30 days during which to review their quality measure results. Although the actual “preview period” is 30 days, the reports will continue to be available for another 30 days,…

CMS Open Door Forum Updates Home Health & Hospice Providers

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Home Health, Hospice, and DME Open Door Forum on November 9, 2022. What follows is a summary of the relevant ODF content for home health and hospice providers. HOME HEALTH CMS began the Forum with a summary of the CY 2023 Home Health Prospective Payment…

CMS Provides HQRP Updates During September Forum

On September 28, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) hosted a Forum on the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) which, for the most part, provided a review of information published in the FY2023 Hospice Final Rule and recent public reporting activity. Of note were comments regarding status of the Hospice Outcomes &…

CMS Provides HQRP Updates During September Forum

On September 28, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) hosted a Forum on the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) which, for the most part, provided a review of information published in the FY2023 Hospice Final Rule and recent public reporting activity.

Of note were comments regarding status of the Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation (HOPE) assessment tool.  CMS continues to seek hospice providers to participate in Beta testing of the HOPE tool, and a detailed recruitment announcement is available on CMS’s Hospice QRP Provider and Stakeholder Engagement webpage. Those interested in participating should email HOPETesting@abtassoc.com.

Beta testing is expected to continue into spring 2023, after which CMS and Abt (the HOPE tool contractor) must conduct in-depth analysis of the testing. Following conclusion of this analysis and any modifications that the HOPE tool might undergo as a result, the HOPE tool must go through rulemaking so that public stakeholders have an opportunity to comment on the tool and CMS’ plans for implementation.

Given the time frame for the work that remains to finalize the tool, it is unclear whether CMS will propose the tool as part of the FY2024 proposed hospice payment rule or whether public consideration would be delayed until the next rulemaking cycle (applicable to FY2025).

A recording of the September Forum will be posted in the near future and will be announced in NAHC Report.

CMS Open Door Forum Summary: Hospice

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Home Health, Hospice, and DME Open Door Forum on September 21, 2022. The summary of the Forum applicable to hospice providers is below. Care Compare CMS staff focused on updates to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) as part of the September Open Door Forum. …

CMS Hospice Quality Reporting Program Forum

On Wednesday, September 28th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a webinar to share updates for the Hospice Quality Reporting Program. During this webinar, Jermama Keys, HQRP Coordinator at CMS and subject matter experts from Abt Associates will provide information on the following topics: The Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Hospice Final…

New Hospice Quality Reporting Program Resources

Hospices can take advantage of three new resources for the hospice quality reporting program (HQRP), which are detailed below.  NAHC also takes this opportunity to include a reminder of the HQRP Forum scheduled for September 28 from 1:30 – 2:30 PM ET. Registration is required for the Forum.  The following is the agenda for the…

CMS Hospice Quality Reporting Program Forum

On Wednesday, September 28th, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a webinar to share updates for the Hospice Quality Reporting Program.

During this webinar, Jermama Keys, HQRP Coordinator at CMS and subject matter experts from Abt Associates will provide information on the following topics:

  • The Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Hospice Final Rule
  • Recent Public Reporting activity
  • Updates related to HQRP

CMS will also answer questions at the end of the webinar, as time allows.

Webinar Details

Title: CMS September Hospice Quality Reporting Program Forum

Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Time: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. ET

Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6692944306731233291

A unique access link will be sent upon registration.

Participation Information

After you register, you will receive a dial-in number and webinar link. You will not be able to share your registration information as it will be unique to you. Please check your spam filter if you do not receive an email confirmation.

Attendees will be able to submit questions in various ways, including:

  • Phone – Enter your audio pin and use the hand-raising icon to enable CMS to unmute your line.
  • Computer Mic and Speakers – Enable your microphone and use the hand-raising icon to enable CMS to unmute your line.
  • Chat – Type your question into the “Questions” box.

For More Information

If you have questions, please email CMSQualityTeam@ketchum.com