Future Quality Measures for Home Health and Hospice

The final recommendations for quality Measures Under Consideration (MUC) from the National Quality Forum (NQF) Measures Application Partnership (MAP) have been posted and they include one measure for hospice and one for home health. Both received Conditional Support for Rulemaking from MAP. MUC for the home health quality reporting program (HH QRP) and the hospice…

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…

Home Health Quality Reporting Program Updates

OASIS Considerations for Medicare PDGM Patients The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted resource, OASIS Considerations for Medicare PDGM Patients, to assist agencies with OASIS considerations during the PPS-to-Patient Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) transition. This document provides guidance to providers on how to correctly complete the M0090 Date Assessment Completed for patients starts…

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 Details Rationale for Modified Public Reporting of Hospice Visits When Death is Imminent – Paired Measure

As reported on April 5, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will publish on Hospice Compare this summer only Measure 1 of the Hospice Visits When Death is Imminent Paired Measure. Measure 1 is the percentage of patients who receive at least one visit from a registered nurse, physician, nurse practitioner, or…

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…

Quality Measures Under Consideration

As reported in NAHC Report  on November 30, 2018 and December 10, 2018, 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 home health measures and one hospice measure.  On December…