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…

Hospice Quality Reporting Program Revisions Proposed

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is planning to revise the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) measures and the Hospice Item Set (HIS) to remove Section O from the HIS and replace the Hospice Visits When Death is Imminent measure with a Hospice Visits in the Last Days of Life measure. Section O…

New NAHC Webinar: Future Hospice Quality Reporting Measures

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice will present a new webinar, A Discussion of Future Hospice Quality Reporting Measures, on Thursday, August 20, 2020 from 2:00PM to 3:00PM Eastern Time. REGISTER NOW! The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is considering a new claims-based composite quality measure concept, the Hospice Care Index…

Register for August 5 CMS Hospice Quality Reporting Program Forum

CMS is considering a new claims-based composite measure for the Hospice Quality Reporting Program. NAHC has provided input and discussed this new measure with both the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Abt Associates, its contractor for this project. An upcoming webinar is a chance for hospice providers to learn more about the…

Hospice PEPPER Available & Key CMS Updates for Hospice & Home Care in New Open Door Forum

Hospice PEPPER Available The Hospice PEPPER (Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report) is now available. PEPPER is a data report that contains a single hospice’s claims data statistics (obtained from the UB-04 claims submitted to the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC)) for areas targeted by CMS as being at risk for improper Medicare payment. Each…

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…