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…

CMS Provides Quarterly Update on Hospice Quality Reporting Program

Providers will need to manually calculate their compliance for the period July 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020. The recently released Hospice Quality Reporting Program Quarterly Updates for January – March 2021 compiles the  Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) information released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) during the 1Q 2021. Most of…

CMS Open Door Forum: Hospice Proposed Payment Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Open Door Forum (ODF) topic of interest for hospices on April 13, 2021 was the FY2022 hospice proposed rule. NAHC provided a summary of the rule shortly after it was released and if you have not read it, we urge you to do so. The rule provides…

New CMS Webinar: What You Need to Know About Changes in the Hospice Item Set Manual

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. ET. The purpose of this training is to provide a general overview of the changes included in the Hospice Item Set (HIS) Manual V3.00. Specific topics include: The Hospice Quality Reporting Program…

CMS FY2022 Hospice Payment Rule Proposes Big Quality Reporting Program Changes

Rebasing/Revision of Labor Shares for Payments Don’t miss the NAHC webinar on the FY2022 Hospice Payment Rule! REGISTER NOW! To read NAHC analysis of the revised Home Health QRP Display Schedule GO HERE: The Home Health Quality Reporting Program Part of the FY2022 Hospice Payment Rule Due to the importance of the FY2022 Hospice Payment Rule…