NQF Releases its Measures Under Consideration List

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  The National Quality Forum (NQF) has issued its review of performance quality measures under consideration for use in federal healthcare programs affecting more than 64 million Americans. The review is part of the Measure Applications Partnership (MAP), a public-private partnership that has been convened annually by NQF since 2011 and is funded by the […]

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Hospice Quality Reporting Program Update

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The hospice quality reporting program (HQRP) quarterly update has been recently posted, including a reminder that the HQRP annual payment update penalty for providers not compliant with calendar year 2022 submission requirements jumps from two percent to four percent. In addition, there are updates related to public reporting, Q&A, and new HQRP resources among other […]

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Hospice Quality Reporting Program Update

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The hospice quality reporting program (HQRP) quarterly update has been recently posted, including a reminder that the HQRP annual payment update penalty for providers not compliant with calendar year 2022 submission requirements jumps from two percent to four percent. In addition, there are updates related to public reporting, Q&A, and new HQRP resources among other […]

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Hospice Quality Reporting Program Update

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The hospice quality reporting program (HQRP) quarterly update has been recently posted, including a reminder that the HQRP annual payment update penalty for providers not compliant with calendar year 2022 submission requirements jumps from two percent to four percent. In addition, there are updates related to public reporting, Q&A, and new HQRP resources among other […]

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Hospice Care Index Technical Report Released

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Abt Associates submitted the Hospice Care Index Technical Report to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The report provides context and descriptive analyses for the Hospice Care Index (HCI). The HCI is a new quality measure for the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) that will be publicly reported on Care Compare in August 2022. The measure […]

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Hospice Care Index Technical Report Released

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Abt Associates submitted the Hospice Care Index Technical Report to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The report provides context and descriptive analyses for the Hospice Care Index (HCI). The HCI is a new quality measure for the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) that will be publicly reported on Care Compare in August 2022. […]

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CMS Proposes to Develop Standard Measures for HCBS

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing to develop standard measures to use across the home and community-based services (HCBS) system for voluntary use by states, managed long-term services and supports (LTSS) plans, providers and other entities to address the gaps and recommendations identified in the report. Specifically, it recommends that the […]

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Future Quality Measures for Home Health and Hospice

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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 […]

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Open Door Forum Summary: Updates on iQIES Transition Update and Home Health & Hospice

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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 […]

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Home Health Quality Reporting Program Updates

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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 […]

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CMS Releases List of Potential Future Quality Measures

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

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