Hospice Quality Updates for August 8, 2019

Recruitment Announcement – Focus Groups for Hospice Patient Assessment Instrument – Opportunities for EHR Vendors and Patients/Families:  As has been reported recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is recruiting experienced hospice providers and clinicians to participate in focus groups to discuss and provide input as we develop a hospice patient assessment tool.…

CMS Alters Plan for Display of “Hospice Visits” Quality Measure on COMPARE

NAHC Seeks Additional Details from CMS As part of the  fiscal year (FY) 2019 hospice payment rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized plans to publicly display the scores for the “Hospice Visits when Death is Imminent” measure pair during FY2019.  The measure pair is composed of the following two measures: The…

CMS to Hold Open Door Forum on PDGM, CAHPS, Quality Reporting, and more

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will hold its next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 PM at 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time (ET). The subjects scheduled to be covered during this Open Door Forum include: Home health PDGM HHCAHPS Survey Updates Updates and Announcements from the…

Summary of CMS Forum on PDGM, RCD & Much More

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Home Health, Hospice, and DME Open Door Forum (ODF) yesterday afternoon.  Topics included Patient Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) Review Choice Demonstration Home Health Quality Reporting Program Home Health CAHPS Survey Hospice Quality Reporting Program Hospice CAHPS Survey Change Request (CR) 11049 A summary of the…

Hospice Quality Updates: Annual Payment Update Webinar and Much More!

REGISTRATION OPEN –HQRP: Achieving a Full APU Webinar, January 23, 2019 The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. EST. The purpose of the webinar is to educate providers as to the Annual Payment Update (APU) process to achieve full…

Recent Hospice Quality Updates and Open Door Forum Summary

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a significant number of updates related to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (Hospice QRP) in recent days.  Additionally, information for Hospice providers presented on the November 14, 2018, Open Door Forum (ODF) focused exclusively on the Hospice QRP.   This NAHC Report article contains a listing of…

CMS Posts Hospice Quality Reporting Program Deadlines and Updates

HIS Freeze Date is November 15:  The freeze date for the Hospice Item Set (HIS) data that will be included in quality measure calculations for the February 2019 Hospice Compare refresh is November 15, 2018. The February refresh will include HIS data from Q2 2017 to Q1 2018 (4/1/17-3/31/18). All HIS records, including modifications/corrections and…

Hospice Quality Update: HQRP and CAHPS Training Info Posted!

August 30 Intro to HQRP Webinar Pre-Training Materials Now Available Online:  The training materials for the upcoming Introduction to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) Webinar scheduled for Thursday, August 30, 2018, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. EDT are now available under the Downloads section of the Hospice Quality Reporting Training: Announcements and Registration webpage. Please note: …

Hospice Quality Updates: CAHPS Deadline Reminder and FY2020 Quick Reference Guide Posted

Reminder:  CAHPS Survey Data Submission Deadline is August 8:  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a reminder that the hospice CAHPS data submission deadline for patients that passed away in January, February and March 2018 (Quarter 1 2018) is August 8, 2018. Survey vendors are responsible for successfully submitting files by 11:59 PM Eastern…

CMS Showcases Two New Hospice Quality Education Module Series on Recent Webinar

As the hospice quality collection and reporting requirements continue to expand, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has focused significant effort on enhancing informational resources related to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP).  These efforts include a recent “refresh” of its HQRP website, plans to hold quarterly educational webinars, and release of two…