Home Health

CMS moving ahead with Hospice Care Index measures

CMS is moving ahead with the development of a new quality measure for hospice providers. First announced in August 2020, the Hospice Care Index (HCI) is moving toward National Quality Forum endorsement, CMS officials announced during an open-door forum Jan. 26.

The new hospice index will measure 10 indicators that include “hospice provided no continuous care & general inpatient care,” “nurse minutes per routine home care day,” “skilled nurse visits on weekends,” and more, according to a member alert from the National Association for Home Care & Hospice.

It is expected that the HCI will be part of the FY2022 hospice proposed rule which is expected to come out at the end of April. 

 Look for more hospice quality reporting updates at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Hospice-Quality-Reporting/Spotlight