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…

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…

Hospice Quality Update

The annual list of hospices that have successfully met the quality reporting requirements has been posted and can be found here.  Hospices are placed on the list if they’ve  submitted 90% of HIS records within 30 days of the qualifying event (admission or discharge) AND the hospice’s  third party vendor submitted CAHPS hospice survey data…

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…

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…