CMS to hold webinar on hospice quality reporting

From Home Health Line. CMS is hosting a webinar 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST Aug. 30 to provide an introduction to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program. CMS’ goal is to explain the basics of program, providing overviews of the Hospice Item Set (HIS) and Hospice CAHPS survey Registration is limited to 1,500 attendees and […]

Hospices’ scores improve on one Hospice CAHPS measure

Brought to you by Home Health Line. With Hospice CAHPS data, the measure involving emotional and spiritual support ticked upward by 1% in the Aug. 16 refresh of Hospice Compare. Hospice Compare was updated Aug. 16. It gets refreshed quarterly. Hospice CAHPS data were collected between Oct. 1, 2015, and Sept. 30, 2017. Measure August […]

Draft measure development for hospice QRP: Public comment period ends April 25

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with RTI International to develop claims based quality measures for the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP). We seek to supplement the existing HQRP measure set, which includes quality measures based on the Hospice Item Set (HIS) and the Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and […]

Reminder for hospices: Submit timely HIS and CAHPS data

To comply with the Hospice QRP (HQRP) requirements, hospices must successfully submit timely Hospice Item Set (HIS) and Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (Hospice CAHPS®) data. Beginning January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018, hospices must submit at least 90 percent of all required HIS records within the 30 day submission timeframe […]

Hospices should examine their HIS, CAHPS results

Source: Home Health Line Through March 30, hospices can view their latest results on the HIS and Hospice CAHPS survey, according to CMS. If hospice leaders believe there is incorrect information for their hospice, they should request CMS review. These two separate reports are available in hospices’ CASPER folders. The HIS quality measure results are […]

Hospice provider preview reports now available

Hospice provider preview reports and Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Survey ® provider preview reports are now available. These are two separate reports available in your Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reports (CASPER) folder. Hospice providers are encouraged to review their Hospice Item Set (HIS) quality measure results from Quarter 3- […]

CMS provides Home Health CAHPS survey protocol update

If Home Health CAHPS survey vendors want to display an agency’s name and/or logo on mailing envelopes, the vendors need to obtain the agency’s permission, according to CMS. The vendor also needs to get assurances that the agency doesn’t consider the name and/or logo to be a HIPAA risk. Each vendor needs to determine the […]

New PEPPER available for home health agencies, CMS updates to Home Health Compare

A few updates for home health:   New Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Reports (PEPPERs) through CY 2016 are available for Home Health Agencies (HHAs). These reports summarize provider-specific data statistics for Medicare services that may be at risk for improper payments. Providers can use the data to support internal auditing and monitoring activities. […]

Hospices CAHPS survey updates: New Chinese survey, technical corrections, and exemption reminder

The CAHPS Hospice Survey team announced May 26 that it has released updated versions of survey mail materials in traditional and simplified Chinese. “Based on feedback from hospices serving Chinese speaking patients and caregivers, as well as cognitive interviews with native Chinese speakers, the CAHPS Hospice Survey Project Team has made minor revisions throughout both […]

More agencies earn five stars for quality of care and HHCAHPS, new data show

The number of agencies that received five stars for quality of care has increased every quarter since the ratings were first released—and that trend continued when CMS released the latest ratings April 12. In the first-ever quality of care ratings, back in July 2015, there were 239 five-star agencies; now, in April 2017, there are […]