CMS Hospice Quick Reference Guide

PUBLISHED: Jul 20, 2018
Relevant to: Hospice

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a Quick Reference Guide for the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (QRP) for FY2020. The guide includes Frequently Asked Questions, information on QRP help desks, and helpful links to additional resources for the Hospice QRP.

The Hospice QRP creates hospice quality reporting requirements, as mandated by Section 3004(a) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010. Each year, by October 1, CMS publishes the quality measures a hospice must report. Hospices must submit required Hospice Item Set (HIS) data to CMS. The HIS includes HIS-Admission and HIS-Discharge records. If the required quality data is not reported by each designated submission deadline, the hospice will be subject to a two (2) percentage point reduction in their Annual Payment Update (APU).

In addition to the HIS data, hospices are required to participate in the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Hospice Survey. The CAHPS® Hospice Survey is designed to measure and assess the experiences of patients who died while receiving hospice care, as well as the experiences of their informal primary caregivers.

Follow the link below to access the new Quick Reference Guide.

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