Hospice News Update: COVID Tip Sheet, 2020 CAHPS Hospice Survey

HQRP COVID-19 PHE Tip Sheet is Available The HQRP COVID-19 PHE Tip Sheet is now available. This tip sheet provides practical guidance to address hospice quality data submissions starting on July 1, 2020 now that the temporary exemptions from the COVID-19 PHE ended. Hospices are expected to resume timely quality data collection and submission of…

ALERT: Quality Reporting Resumes July 1, 2020

Both hospice and home health providers will resume quality data reporting July 1, 2020. For three calendar quarters – October 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 – the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provided an exception for hospice and home health providers from submitting quality data due to the current Public Health Emergency…

Hospice Quality Reporting Program Quarterly Update

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the quarterly Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) Update for the first quarter of 2020.  This update reviews the HQRP reporting requirements and provides an update on the HOPE (Hospice Outcome and Patient Evaluation) instrument as well as links to HQRP information that was distributed during the…

Quality Reporting Relief Only Through 2Q 2020

Last week NAHC reported on the Home Health Quality Reporting Program (HHQRP) and Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) relieve. There was a question about whether the relief extended through 3Q 2020 or only through 2Q 2020. NAHC received confirmation from CMS late yesterday that the relief extends only through 2Q 2020. Below are the dates…

Update: CMS Announces Quality Reporting Program Relief

As previously reported, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced some quality reporting program relief for providers last week.  For both home health and hospice there are some data that do not need to be submitted, and there were some outstanding questions on exactly what the relief covered.  Over this past weekend CMS…

CMS Open Door Forum: Updates on BFCC-QIO Appeals Delays, Hospice Quality Reminders

On February 26, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held its monthly Home Health, Hospice and DME Open Door Forum (ODF). What follows is a summary of updates related to hospice and Beneficiary and Family-Centered Care Quality Improvement Organizations. SPECIAL UPDATE on BFCC-QIO Appeals/Case Processing Delays: Representatives of the Division of Beneficiary Review…

New CMS Open Door Forum to Focus on PDGM, Hospice Compare & More

The next Open Door Forum hosted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will focus on hot topics like the Patient Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), Hospice Compare, home health and hospice quality reporting updates, and a lot more. The next Open Door Forum will take place on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 from 2:00…

Open Door Forum Summary: Updates on iQIES Transition Update and Home Health & Hospice

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Home Health, Hospice, & DME Open Door Forum (ODF) on January 8, 2020.  A summary is provided below, beginning with home health and followed by hospice. HOME HEALTH iQIES Transition CMS indicated in the ODF that it is aware of several issues with the iQIES…

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…

CMS Releases List of Potential Future Quality Measures

The National Quality Forum (NQF) recently posted the list of Measures Under Consideration  (MUC) for future use in the hospice quality reporting program (HQRP) and the home health quality reporting program (HH QRP). The list is released annually, and there is an opportunity for stakeholder comment. In fact, comments are due next week – November…