CMS Releases Details of Two New Hospice Quality Reporting Measures

Register for the October 19 Hospice Quality Reporting Program Forum (See details below) Hospices have been anxiously awaiting additional information on two new Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) measures: Hospice Visits in Last Days of Life Hospice Care Index. These are claims-based measures that CMS has indicated will be publicly posted on Care Compare no…

Hospice Quality Reporting Program Update: HIS Timeliness Compliance Threshold Report

Hospices can now access their confidential Quality Measure (QM) reports in CASPER for two new publicly reported measures, Hospice Care Index (HCI) and Hospice Visits in the Last Days of Life (HVLDL).  These two claims-based measures will be publicly reported on Care Compare no sooner than May 2022. Hospices have been anxiously waiting to see…

Hospice Quality Reporting Program Update for September 3, 2021

On August 31 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) hosted a webinar on what hospices need to know from the FY2022 hospice final rule. The presentation covered the key changes made to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) through the final rule, including: Removal of the seven individual Hospice Item Set (HIS) process…

Quality Reporting Programs, Payment Update Rules Covered by CMS Open Door Forum

  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Home Health, Hospice, & DME Open Door Forum on August 26, 2021.  A summary of the contents for home health and hospice is below. We begin with hospice. HOSPICE CMS shared some of the FY2022 Hospice Payment Policy final rule provisions.  A detailed summary…

Hospice Quality Reporting Program Update

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has recently completed its review of hospice provider compliance with the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) requirements. Hospices that were determined to be out of compliance with the requirements for calendar year (CY) 2020 can find the non-compliance notifications in their CASPER folders in QIES. Hospices that…

NAHC Submits Comments on FY2022 Hospice Proposed Rule

On April 14, 2021 the FY2022 Wage Index and Payment Rate Update, Hospice Conditions of Participation Updates, Hospice and Home Health Quality Reporting Program Requirements proposed rule was published. In addition to the proposed payment updates the rule contains numerous provisions on a wide variety of topics and solicits feedback on a number of issues.  To read a…

CMS Wants Recruits for the Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation Beta Test

APPLY BY JUNE 14 APPLICATION IS HERE The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Abt Associates are recruiting Medicare-certified hospices for the HOPE beta test. The detailed announcement and application are attached and located on the HQRP Provider & Stakeholder Engagement webpage. CMS plans to include hospices from each of the four Census…

New CMS Webinar: The HQRP – Understanding the Composite Quality Measure

REGISTER NOW June 2 from 2:00-3:00PM ET The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. ET on Understanding a Composite Quality Measure. The purpose of this training is to provide a general overview of the Hospice Quality Composite Measure, how it…

HQRP Webinar: Understanding the Composite Quality Measure Webinar

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. ET to provide a general overview of the Hospice Quality Composite Measure and how it differs from individual quality measures. Specific topics include: What is a Composite Measure? Current HQRP Composite Measure.…

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…