Spotlight and Announcements

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The page provides recent news and updates pertinent to the Home Health Quality Reporting Program. On this page you will find announcements about posting of resource guides and fact sheets, the availability of Q&A documents, information about Home Health Compare, among other notifications. Questions about home health quality measures, including the Quality of Patient Care star ratings, can be sent to HomeHealthQualityQuestions@cms.hhs.gov. For any other questions, please see the Home Health Quality Reporting Program Help Desks page to identify the correct contact email and/or phone number.

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Updates

May 08, 2020

Delayed: Release of Updated Versions of Post-Acute Care Assessment Instruments (and Supporting Training)

See one of the following QRP Training web pages for additional information:

April 30, 2020

Home Health Compare Quarterly Refresh – April 2020

The April 2020 quarterly Home Health (HH) Compare refresh is now available on the Home Health Compare website. Please visit to view the new and updated quality data.

April 21, 2020

NOW AVAILABLE- Updated Quarterly OASIS Q&As

April 2020 OASIS Q&A’s are available in the OASIS Quarterly Q&As section of the CMS QTSO webpage, https://qtso.cms.gov/providers/home-health-agency-hha-providers/reference-manuals .

March 19, 2020

NEW Video Tutorials Available to Assist with Coding Specific Section GG Items

Accessible from the following webpages:

March 18, 2020

NOW AVAILABLE: Draft OASIS-E Instrument

The draft OASIS-E All Items Instrument is now available in the Downloads section of the OASIS Data Sets web page. OASIS-E will be effective January 01, 2021. Please note the instrument is not yet final. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval is required, and expected later this year. 

March 10, 2020

July 2020 Refresh of Home Health Compare Will Not Occur

Effective January 1, 2020, CMS is processing all Home Health OASIS submissions and all reporting requirements through iQIES. Due to unforeseen circumstances, CMS has determined that there will not be a refresh for the Compare site in July 2020. Thus, CMS will not release the Home Health Provider Preview Report for the July 2020 refresh in March. The next scheduled refresh for the Compare site will be in October 2020. The publicly reported home health data published for April 2020 will remain in place until the October 2020 refresh.  Home health providers can look forward to receiving their next Provider Preview Report in late June of 2020 for the October 2020 Compare site refresh. If there are questions or concerns regarding the information provided above please contact CMS at iqies@cms.hhs.gov.​

February 11, 2020

CALENDAR YEAR (CY)2021 and CY2022 Quick Reference Guides Available

Quick Reference Guides for CY2021 and CY2022 are now available in the Downloads section of the  Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements webpage. The Quick Reference Guides provide high-level information on the Home Health Quality Reporting Program, including frequently asked questions and helpful links.

February 10, 2020

NOW AVAILABLE- Revised Guide to Home Health Help Desks

A revised version of the comprehensive 1-page guide to Home Health help desks is now available in the downloads section of the Home Health Quality Reporting Program Help Desk webpage, https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/HomeHealthQualityInits/Help-Desk. Updated email contact information for the iQIES help desk is provided. This document provides guidance to home health providers for questions related to a variety of topics.

February 3, 2020

NEW TRAINING EVENT — Upcoming PAC QRP Reporting Requirements and FY 2020 Training Resources can be accessed from the following webpages: SNF Quality Reporting Training, IRF Quality Reporting Training, LTCH Quality Reporting Training, Home Health Quality Reporting Training.

January 23, 2020

Home Health Compare Quarterly Refresh – January 2020

The January 2020 quarterly Home Health (HH) Compare refresh is now available on the Home Health Compare website. Please visit to view the new and updated quality data. Please note as of this refresh, CMS is no longer publically reporting two claims-based measures: Emergency Department Use without Hospital Readmission during the First 30 Days of HH (NQF #2505) and Rehospitalization during the First 30 Days of Home Health (NQF #2380). 

January 21, 2020

NOW AVAILABLE- Updated Quarterly OASIS Q&As

January 2020 OASIS Q&A's are available in the OASIS Quarterly Q&As section of the CMS QTSO webpage, https://qtso.cms.gov/providers/home-health-agency-hha-providers/reference-manuals .​

January 21, 2020

NOW AVAILABLE- Guide to Home Health Help Desks

A comprehensive 1-page guide to Home Health help desks is now available in the downloads section of the Home Health Quality Reporting Program Help Desk webpage, https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/HomeHealthQualityInits/Help-Desk. This document provides guidance to home health providers for questions related to a variety of topics such as compliance, Home Health Compare (HHC) star rating, iQIES and others and directs them to the help desk that will be most appropriate to answer their question. Contact information for each help desk is provided.

 

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