Hospice Item Set Manual Update

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The Hospice Item Set (HIS) Manual has been updated to remove COVID-19 public health emergency references, revise the Annual Payment Update (APU) penalty to reflect the current four percent (4%), revise the terminology related to the Consensus Based Entity (CBE) and make some date changes.  A Change Table outlining all the revisions is available here. […]

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CMS Open Door Forum Updates Home Health & Hospice Providers

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Home Health, Hospice, and DME Open Door Forum on November 9, 2022. What follows is a summary of the relevant ODF content for home health and hospice providers. HOME HEALTH CMS began the Forum with a summary of the CY 2023 Home Health Prospective Payment […]

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Important Hospice Quality Reporting Reminders

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently posted the Hospice Outreach Email for June and it contains reminders and updates on the various Medicare hospice quality reporting program (HQRP) activities.  There are two reminders hospices should take note of. Upcoming Reconsideration Period for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 HQRP Data submitted in 2021 impacts the FY […]

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Important Hospice Quality Reporting Reminders

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently posted the Hospice Outreach Email for June and it contains reminders and updates on the various Medicare hospice quality reporting program (HQRP) activities.  There are two reminders hospices should take note of. Upcoming Reconsideration Period for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 HQRP Data submitted in 2021 impacts the FY […]

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NAHC Urges CMS to Collect Data on Technology-based and Chaplain Visits

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Prior to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) many hospice providers had significant success with use of technology-based visits; however, there were a number of hospices that did not utilize technologies to their fullest extent because they believed they were required to provide all visits in-person. Early in the PHE, the Centers for Medicare & […]

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NAHC Urges CMS to Collect Data on Technology-based and Chaplain Visits

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Prior to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) many hospice providers had significant success with use of technology-based visits; however, there were a number of hospices that did not utilize technologies to their fullest extent because they believed they were required to provide all visits in-person. Early in the PHE, the Centers for Medicare & […]

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Hospice Quality Reporting Update for February 2, 2022

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CAHPS Star Rating CASPER toolkit HIS, HCI, HVLDL A CAHPS Hospice Survey Star Rating will be added to Care Compare for hospices with the August 2022 refresh. How the star rating is calculated, what will be publicly reported, and information about the current “dry run” and provider preview information are part of the overview.  Stay tuned […]

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Hospice Quality Reporting Update for February 2, 2022

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CAHPS Star Rating CASPER toolkit HIS, HCI, HVLDL A CAHPS Hospice Survey Star Rating will be added to Care Compare for hospices with the August 2022 refresh. How the star rating is calculated, what will be publicly reported, and information about the current “dry run” and provider preview information are part of the overview.  Stay tuned […]

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Hospice Quality Reporting Program Updates

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Important Nov 30 webinar on this topic! There are several new documents and updates for the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) that hospices should be aware of as the new reporting year quickly approaches.  These are outlined below. In addition to these updates, NAHC will answer all your questions about this topic in a new […]

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Hospice Quality Reporting Program Update: HIS Timeliness Compliance Threshold Report

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Hospices can now access their confidential Quality Measure (QM) reports in CASPER for two new publicly reported measures, Hospice Care Index (HCI) and Hospice Visits in the Last Days of Life (HVLDL).  These two claims-based measures will be publicly reported on Care Compare no sooner than May 2022. Hospices have been anxiously waiting to see […]

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Hospice Quality Reporting Program Update for September 3, 2021

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On August 31 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) hosted a webinar on what hospices need to know from the FY2022 hospice final rule. The presentation covered the key changes made to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) through the final rule, including: Removal of the seven individual Hospice Item Set (HIS) process […]

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CMS Wants Recruits for the Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation Beta Test

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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 […]

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