Action needed: Register for an iQIES Account

The Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES), which providers and vendors use to submit assessment data, is being upgraded to make the system more reliable, scalable, secure, and accessible.  The enhancements will occur in phases (by provider type) and began with Long- Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs) in March 2019, followed by Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs)…

Home Health Quality Reporting Update: HH QRP User’s Manual and iQIES Registration

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the first version of the of the HH QRP Measures Calculations and Reporting User’s Manual. This manual presents the methods used to calculate the quality measures (QMs) that are included in the HH QRP and reported on the Home Health Compare website.   It comprises detailed…

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…

The Hospice Item Set Freeze Date is Tuesday, May 15

The freeze date for the Hospice Item Set (HIS) data that will be included in quality measure calculations for the August 2018 Hospice Compare refresh is May 15, 2018. The August refresh will include HIS data from Q4 2016 to Q3 2017 (10/1/16-9/30/17). All HIS records, including modifications/corrections and inactivations need to be submitted and…