NAHC Urges CMS on Implementation of Hospice Survey Reforms

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) wrote to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide a series of recommendations related to implementation of the hospice survey reforms enacted as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 in late December. The reforms were triggered by Office of the Inspector…

Hospice Item Set and Manual Updated, 2020 Hospice Technical Expert Panel Report Posted

The final Hospice Item Set (HIS) Manual V3.00 is now available, as is the updated HIS-Admission and HIS-Discharge documents. The updates to the HIS Manual and HIS-Discharge instrument reflect the removal of Section O and associated measures.  The HIS-Admission instrument was updated to reflect the current reporting year dates.  These changes were made to accommodate…

CMS Plans 2021 Pilot Test of Shorter, Refined Hospice CAHPS Survey

Since implementation of the Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) survey in 2015, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and other hospice stakeholders have submitted recommendations for improvements to the survey, including suggestions that the survey be shortened and that certain questions be modified to eliminate the potential for…

NAHC to CMS: Roll Back 2020 Rate Adjustment Based on Faulty Prediction of HHA Behavior

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to roll back the 2020 rate adjustment CMS instituted based on a prediction of how home health agencies (HHA) would behave that has not materialized. That recommendation, and several more, are part of NAHC’s formal comments to…

Hospice Quality Reporting Program and HOPE Update

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently posted a recorded Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) webinar which provided an update on the development and testing of the Hospice Outcome and Patient Evaluation (HOPE). (See the Downloads section of the CMS HOPE webpage for the recording and materials.) The HOPE is the standardized comprehensive…

Hospice Quality Reporting Program Quarterly Update

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the quarterly Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) Update for the first quarter of 2020.  This update reviews the HQRP reporting requirements and provides an update on the HOPE (Hospice Outcome and Patient Evaluation) instrument as well as links to HQRP information that was distributed during the…

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…

CMS Announces TEP for Functional Outcome Measures

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is accepting applications for a technical expert panel (TEP) to develop functional outcome quality measures for the home health setting. The TEP nomination period closes on January 17, 2020. Project Overview: CMS has contracted with Abt Associates to develop functional outcome quality measures for the home health setting.…

Hospice Quality Updates: CMS Wants Experts for Hospice Assessment Instrument Panel, Quality Information Materials Posted

Recruitment Announcement – Technical Expert Panel (TEP) for HQRP Patient Assessment Instrument and Quality Measure Development:  Abt Associates is currently recruiting a wide range of hospice stakeholders, including providers, patients, and quality improvement experts, to participate in a Technical Expert Panel (TEP) to provide input on an assessment instrument and corresponding quality measures for hospice…

CMS Hosts First Hospice HEART Assessment Special Open Door Forum

On Wednesday, September 26, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began engagement of hospice stakeholders in discussions on the ongoing process of developing an assessment tool (the Hospice Evaluation and Assessment Reporting Tool — HEART) for use as part of the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP by holding the first of several…