New Podcast: Hospice Quality Reporting

Originally posted on Ehospice.com/usa: 

A new episode of NHPCO’s Podcast looks at quality reporting with a focus on requirements coming into play for hospice providers.

Quality has long been about what you “should” be doing but now we’ve moved into an era of what you “have” to be doing. And now more than ever there needs to be a close collaboration between compliance and quality. The most immediate quality requirements must be in place in less than a month.

L to R: Carol Spence and Jennifer Kennedy get you up to speed on Quality Reporting.

In this episode of NHPCO’s Podcast, “Hospice Quality Reporting… Ready, Set, Go,” listeners will hear NHPCO’s Vice President of Research and Quality Carol Spence and Senior Director of Regulatory and Quality Jennifer Kennedy discuss the upcoming quality requirements and learn ways that providers can prepare.

HQRP Requirements

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) determines the quality measures that hospices must utilize and the processes hospices must use to submit data for those measures. Hospices that fail to comply with HQRP requirements will incur a 2 percentage point reduction to the market basket percentage increase for the corresponding fiscal year.

Hospices are required to comply with requirements for two HQRP program components that comprise the data sources for the measures:

  • Hospice Item Set (HIS)… A component of the HQRP for the FY 2016 APU and subsequent years. HIS is a patient level data collection tool developed by CMS.  Hospices are required to submit an HIS-­Admission record and an HIS­-Discharge record for each patient.
  • CAHPS® Hospice Survey… A component of the HQRP for the FY 2017 APU and subsequent years. CAHPS Hospice is a post­death family caregiver survey developed by CMS for the assessment of patient and family experiences with hospice care.

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