CMS Releases TEP Report on the Expanded HHVBP Model and Revises FAQs

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the summary report for the Expanded Home Health Value Based Purchasing, Technical Expert Panel meeting. The TEP included fourteen participants representing a diverse group of experts, including home health clinicians, patient advocates, caregivers, methodologists, and researchers.  The report summarizes four areas for which the participants […]

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CMS Releases Hospice Quality Reporting Program Report

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) has been developing a new Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) data collection tool – HOPE (Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation).  The HOPE is a standardized assessment instrument that hospices would use as part of the comprehensive assessment process to collect clinical and demographic patient data that is submitted […]

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Hill Message to CMS on Hospice Special Focus Program Aligns with NAHC

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On Wednesday, October 4th, four members of Congress sent a bipartisan letter to CMS and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) expressing their concerns with CMS’ proposed design for the hospice special focus program (SFP), details of which were laid out in the CY2024 Home Health proposed payment rule. The lawmakers’ letter echoes the concerns […]

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Expanded HHVBP Model: Recruitment Announcement – Technical Expert Panel (TEP) for the Expanded HHVBP Model

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Abt Associates is currently recruiting a wide range of home health stakeholders—for example, providers, patient advocates, and methodologists/researchers with expertise in areas such as performance measurement, quality of care, and health equity—to participate in a Technical Expert Panel (TEP) to provide input on potential refinements to the expanded HHVBP Model. The Call for TEP materials, […]

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Expanded Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP) Model

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Please consider sharing this newsletter within your organization. The October 2023 Interim Performance Report (IPR) In October 2023, the second quarterly Interim Performance Report (IPR) will be available to home health agencies (HHAs) via iQIES. The quarterly IPRs provide HHAs with the cohort assignment, performance year measure data for the 12 most recent months, and […]

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Post-Acute Quality Care Reporting Programs Update

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Acumen, LLC and Abt Associates Inc. (hereafter referred to as Acumen and Abt) support CMS in the development and maintenance of quality measures for the Post-Acute Care (PAC) and Hospice Quality Reporting Programs (QRPs). The PAC and Hospice QRPs aim to characterize provider performance across various dimensions of care. With the support of Acumen and […]

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TEP Opportunity: Expanded Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model Implementation & Monitoring

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) contracted with Abt Associates, Inc. to support the implementation of the HHVBP Model, including the development of refinements to the measures and scoring methodology, first for the original Model and now for the expanded HHVBP Model. The contract name is Research, Measurement, Assessment, Design and Analysis: Home Health Value-Based […]

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NAHC to CMS: Hospice Special Focus Program Needs to Be Fair & Accurate

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The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) filed comments yesterday in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) 2024 home health rule, telling CMS that some aspects of the hospice Special Focus Program are flawed and need to be fixed to ensure accuracy and fairness. In resposne to reports from […]

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CMS Releases Health Equity Measure TEP Report

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In November 2022 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) convened a technical expert panel (TEP) to provide input on the development of a health equity  structural composite measure for home health and hospice providers (Home Health & Hospice HE TEP). The final TEP included members from 12 states representing all U.S. regions, with […]

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CMS Releases Report on Hospice Special Focus Program

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As part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (CAA), Congress enacted significant changes to the hospice survey process, including creation of a Special Focus Program (SFP) for poor performing hospice providers. In the CY 2022 home health final rule the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued final rules governing the survey reforms […]

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NAHC Board Chair Selected for Hospice Special Focus Program TEP

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The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 required the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to implement various hospice survey reforms. In the CY 2022 Home Health Prospective Payment System (HH PPS) final rule, CMS addressed these reforms, including development of a Hospice Special Focus Program (SFP).  NAHC was one of the stakeholders at the time […]

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CMS Calls for Technical Expert Panel Applicants

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced it is convening two technical expert panels (TEPs): Hospice Special Focus Program Technical Expert Panel Health Equity Structural Measure Technical Expert Panel. NAHC members may be interested in applying for one or both of these panels.  Details of the TEPs and application/nomination instructions are below.  The […]

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