CMS Proposes to Test New Mode for HHCAHPs and Shortened Survey Tool

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has submitted a proposal to conduct a mode experiment to test the effects of a web-based mode on response rates and scores, to the Office of Management and Budget. The CMS proposal, an information collection request titled The Home Health Care CAHPS® Survey (HHCAHPS) Mode Experiment, would…

CMS Needs People to Serve on Technical Expert Panel

NAHC strongly encourages members to participate! The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is looking for candidates to serve on a technical expert panel (TEP) to refine of a cross setting functional measure for Long-term Care Hospitals (LTCH), Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRF), Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)/Nursing Facility (NF), and Home Health Agencies (HHA). The…

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…

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…

CMS Wants Members for New Technical Expert Panels

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is looking for members to serve on two Technical Expert Panels (TEPs) – a Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Measures TEP and a Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Scorecard Measures Gap Development TEP. CMS has contracted with The Lewin Group (Lewin) to work on a…

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…