Tell Us What You Think of the FY2022 Proposed Hospice Changes

Separate Surveys Allow for Input on Proposed Quality Changes, Election Statement Addendum and CoP Proposals, and Payment/Utilization Trend The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its FY2022 proposed hospice payment rule in mid-April.  Among its items the rule proposes numerous changes for hospice quality measures, a significant change to the “labor shares” of…

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…

New CMS Webinar: What You Need to Know About Changes in the Hospice Item Set Manual

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. ET. The purpose of this training is to provide a general overview of the changes included in the Hospice Item Set (HIS) Manual V3.00. Specific topics include: The Hospice Quality Reporting Program…

CMS FY2022 Hospice Payment Rule Proposes Big Quality Reporting Program Changes

Rebasing/Revision of Labor Shares for Payments Don’t miss the NAHC webinar on the FY2022 Hospice Payment Rule! REGISTER NOW! To read NAHC analysis of the revised Home Health QRP Display Schedule GO HERE: The Home Health Quality Reporting Program Part of the FY2022 Hospice Payment Rule Due to the importance of the FY2022 Hospice Payment Rule…

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…

House Approves Hospice Survey Reforms to Increase Survey Frequency, Expand Remedies

On December 8, as part of the year-end legislative push, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Beneficiary Enrollment Notification and Eligibility Simplification Act of 2019 (BENES Act) to address negative findings by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General (OIG) regarding survey performance by Medicare-certified hospice providers. The BENES Act incorporates the…

CMS Open Door Forum Updates Home Health & Hospice

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Home Health, Hospice and Durable Medical Equipment (DME) Open Door Forum (ODF) on November 4 where CMS reviewed information and resources it has recently released.  A summary is below. HOME HEALTH CMS provided a high level overview of the provisions of the CY2021 Home Health…

Quality Reporting Program Tip Sheets and Training and Education Resources

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that the COVID-19 PR Tip Sheets are now available for the home health quality reporting program (HH QRP) and the hospice quality reporting program (HQRP). The purpose of the tip sheets is to help providers understand the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) public…