Home Health QRP Spotlight and Announcements

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About this Page

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 webpage to identify the correct contact email and/or phone number.

Find program guidance and information about our response to COVID-19 here: COVID-19 Updates.

Updates

August 30, 2022

CMS email will be unavailable starting Friday, September 2 at 8 pm EDT, and ending on Tuesday, September 6.  ​To ensure your email is received, please refrain from sending any emails from September 2nd through September​ 6th.  

August 12, 2022

REGISTRATION OPEN: The Home Health (HH) OASIS-E Guidance Training Program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is offering a virtual training program that provides instruction on the guidance for the Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS)-E.

For more information and to register for the event, please visit the Home Health Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Training page.

August 09, 2022

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.

This document provides guidance to home health providers for questions related to a variety of topics. This updated version includes updated descriptions of the scope and contact information for the various Home Health Help Desks.

July 20, 2022

Care Compare Quarterly Refresh – July 2022

The July 2022 quarterly refresh for the Home Health Quality Reporting Program is now available on Care Compare. This refresh resumes the reporting of all claims-based measures for the Home Health Quality Reporting Program (QRP). Due to the COVID-19 reporting exceptions, the claims-based measures have been calculated excluding Q1 and Q2 2020 data from measure calculations.

 

For additional information, please see the HH QRP COVID-19 Public Reporting Tip Sheet in the downloads section of the HH Quality Reporting Training webpage and the Home Health Data Submission Deadlines webpage.

 

July 19, 2022

NOW AVAILABLE- Updated Quarterly OASIS Q&As

July 2022 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 .

July 15, 2022

Recruitment Announcement – Technical Expert Panel (TEP) for Home Health QRP and Hospice QRP Health Equity Quality Measure Development

Abt Associates is currently recruiting a wide range of home health, hospice, and health equity stakeholders, for example, providers, patient advocates, quality improvement, and health equity experts to participate in a Technical Expert Panel (TEP) to provide input on a proposed health equity structural composite measure for both hospice and home health care settings.

The Call for TEP materials, including the draft TEP Charter and Nomination Form, are available at the Current TEP Opportunities webpage.

If you have general questions about the TEP and would like to contact Abt Associates, please email HHA_Hospice_HealthEquityTEP@abtassoc.com.

The measure development work is under CMS contract number 5FCMC18D0014 and task order number

 75FCMC19F0001.

July 13, 2022 

NOW AVAILABLE IN iQIES - Preview Reports and Star Rating Preview Reports for the October 2022 Refresh 

For this refresh, Home Health (HH) Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) will be based on the standard number of quarters. Due to the COVID-19 reporting exceptions, the claims-based measures have been calculated excluding Q1 and Q2 2020 data from measure calculations. The HH QRP claims-based quality measures will not be refreshed for the October 2022 public reporting refresh. The HH QRP claims-based measures will next be refreshed for the October 2023 public reporting refresh of Care Compare and the Provider Data Catalog. For additional information, please see the Home Health QRP COVID-19 Public Reporting Tip Sheet in the downloads section of this Home Health Quality Reporting Training webpage below.    

For additional information, please see the HH QRP COVID-19 Public Reporting Tip Sheet in the downloads section of the HH Quality Reporting Training webpage and the Home Health Data Submission Deadlines webpage. 

June 21, 2022

Calendar Year (CY) 2023 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update; Home Health Quality Reporting Program Requirements; Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Expanded Model Requirements; and Home Infusion Therapy Services

On June 17, 2022 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that provides information and updates for the CY 2023 Home Health Quality Reporting Program (HH QRP).

 CMS is proposing to end the suspension of OASIS Data Collection on Non-Medicare/ Non-Medicaid Home Health Agency (HHA) patients and to require HHAs to submit all-payer OASIS data for purposes of the HH QRP, beginning with the CY 2025 program year.

CMS is also seeking stakeholder feedback on our work on health equity measure development for the HH QRP.

The rule displayed at the Federal Register’s Public Inspection Desk and will be available under “Special Filings,” at https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection.

May 23, 2022

May 23rd, 2022 NOW AVAILABLE- Updated Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) Outcome Assessment information Set (OASIS) Static Q&AS Effective 05/22 are available in the OASIS-E Q&As section of the CMS QTSO webpage, https://qtso.cms.gov/providers/home-health-agency-hha-providers/reference-manuals

May 16, 2022

NOW AVAILABLE – Draft OASIS-E Manual, Updated Draft OASIS-E Instrument and Updated CMS OASIS Q&As

The draft Guidance Manual for the Outcome Assessment Information Set Version E (OASIS-E) version of the OASIS data set, effective January 1, 2023, is available in the Downloads section on the OASIS Users Manuals page.

The updated draft OASIS-E All Items Instrument is now available in the Downloads section of the OASIS Data Sets webpage. A log of changes since last posting is also available.

April 27, 2022

CORRECTION to Quality of Patient Care Star Rating Preview Reports for the July 2022 Refresh

There are incorrect date ranges included for the Acute Care Hospitalization measure on the Quality of Patient Care Star Rating Preview Report, however, all included provider measure scores are accurate. The report should note that the Acute Care Hospitalization claims-based measure reports data from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. Though the date range represents a calendar year, the reporting period for most home health agencies will be approximately three quarters of a year because of CMS-approved data exemptions for home health episodes that begin or end in the two COVID-19 exempted quarters of Q1 and Q2 2020. Due to the COVID-19 reporting exceptions, the claims-based measures have been calculated excluding Q1 and Q2 2020 data from measure calculations.  Please note, any if you have proof that there are errors in calculating your Quality of Patient Care Star Rating, you may request a review of your rating by submitting that proof. Requests must be submitted by May 20, 2022 to HHC_Star_Ratings_Review_Request@cms.hhs.gov with a final decision on your request sent by May 27, 2022.  An example of the Quality of Patient Care Star Rating Preview Report with corrected dates can be found in the downloads section at: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/HomeHealthQualityInits/HHQIHomeHealthStarRatings

For additional information, please see the HH QRP COVID-19 Public Reporting Tip Sheet in the downloads section of the HH Quality Reporting Training webpage and the Home Health Data Submission Deadlines webpage.

April 27, 2022

Care Compare Quarterly Refresh – April 2022

The April 2022 quarterly refresh for the Home Health Quality Reporting Program (HH QRP) is now available on Care Compare. For this refresh, Home Health (HH) Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) measure scores are based on the standard number of quarters. The April 2022 refresh will add new OASIS-based measures for public reporting in alignment with the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014:

  • Percent of Residents Experiencing One or More Falls with Major Injury
  • Application of Percent of Long-Term Care Hospital Patients with an Admission and Discharge Functional Assessment and a Care Plan that Addresses Function

Claims-based quality measure data remains frozen following CMS decision to delay the public reporting of these measures. This delay allows time to analyze the impact of the required comprehensive exclusion of Q1 and Q2 2020 claims data on risk adjustment and reporting. CMS is targeting the July 2022 refresh of Care Compare for the resumption of HH claims-based measure updates on Care Compare. For additional information, please see the HH QRP COVID-19 Public Reporting Tip Sheet in the downloads section of the HH Quality Reporting Training webpage and the FY 2022 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Update Final Rule (HH Rider).

April 20, 2022

NOW AVAILABLE IN iQIES - Preview Reports and Star Rating Preview Reports for the July 2022 Refresh

For this refresh, Home Health (HH) Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) will be based on the standard number of quarters. This refresh resumes the reporting of all claims-based measures for the Home Health Quality Reporting Program (QRP). Due to the COVID-19 reporting exceptions, the claims-based measures have been calculated excluding Q1 and Q2 2020 data from measure calculations. For additional information, please see the HH QRP COVID-19 Public Reporting Tip Sheet in the downloads section of this Home Health Quality Reporting Training webpage below.   

For additional information, please see the HH QRP COVID-19 Public Reporting Tip Sheet in the downloads section of the HH Quality Reporting Training webpage and the Home Health Data Submission Deadlines webpage.

 April 20, 2022

NOW AVAILABLE- Updated Quarterly OASIS Q&As

April 2022 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 .

April 06, 2022

CMS will be transitioning to a new data source for a provider’s demographic data for home health agencies and the other Post-Acute Care (PAC) provider types (Skilled Nursing Facilities / Nursing Facilities (SNF/NFs), Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs), and Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs)). Historically provider demographic data have been maintained in the Automated Survey Processing Environment or ASPEN software; however, CMS will be transitioning to use the demographic information from Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS).  While this transition is underway, a final date when all demographic data will be obtained from PECOS has not been identified.  During this transition, all PAC providers will be responsible to ensure their latest demographic data are updated and available in both ASPEN (SNF/NFs, IRFs, LTCHs, and Hospices) or iQIES (HHAs) and PECOS systems. A referencing document that outlines the steps each PAC provider should follow can be accessed in the Downloads section of the How to Update Home Health Demographic Data page. Should you have questions regarding this updated process, please contact the iQIES help desk by email at iQIES@cms.hhs.gov or by phone at (800) 339-9313.

March 25, 2022

Attention HHA Providers!

We had previously identified an issue in the iQIES system that may have affected your HHA’s Services Provided values that are displayed on the HHA Provider Preview reports that were distributed in iQIES on 02/23/2022.  Moreover, we had previously asked HHAs to review the Services Provided Information on the HHA Provider Preview Reports for the April 2022 refresh and contact their OASIS Education Coordinator (OEC) or OASIS Automation Coordinator, should inaccuracies be identified.  The process to collect and maintain the Services Provided information recently migrated into iQIES and we are addressing the issues identified.

To allow time to complete the identified changes, we have decided for the April 2022 refresh, to publish the same Services Provided data for each Home Health Agency that was posted on Care Compare for the January 2022 refresh.  We believe that this will allow us to publish the most accurate Services Provided data at this time.

We are still urging HHA providers to carefully review the Services Provided data within the recently issued Preview Reports, however, we would like to note that we are not attaching a deadline to this review. These reports were distributed in iQIES on 02/23/2022.  If the values are incorrect for your agency, please contact your State Automation or State OEC and request an update of your Services Provided data in iQIES.  Should you have questions, please contact the iQIES Help Desk by phone at (800) 339-9313 or by email at iQIES@cms.hhs.gov.  CMS continues to work to refine and rectify the update process moving forward. 

For those experiencing issues locating your agency’s HHA Provider Preview Report, follow the steps outlined below:

New Users

  1. Only active users with login credentials to iQIES as of the distribution date of the HHA Provider Preview reports for the April 2022 refresh will have the report in their HHA Provider Preview Report folder.
    • If you are a new user of iQIES and received your iQIES login credentials after the February 23, 2022 distribution of the HHA Provider Preview reports, please contact the iQIES Help Desk for assistance (see iQIES Help Desk contact information below). 
    • Inform the help desk staff that you are a new user of iQIES since the HHA Provider Preview reports for the April 2022 refresh were made available.  The iQIES help desk team will gather the necessary information from you including such things as your agency’s CMS Certification Number (CCN) and will then make the report for your agency available to you in the HHA Provider Preview Reports folder in iQIES
    • Follow the steps below to locate your agency’s report in the HHA Provider Preview Report folder.

Existing Users

  1. If you were an active user prior to the February 23, 2022 distribution of the HHA Provider Preview Reports but you cannot locate your report, please follow the steps below:
    • Log into iQIES at https://iqies.cms.gov/.
    •  Select the My Reports option from the Reports menu.
    • From the My Reports page, locate the HHA Provider Preview Reports folder.
  • NOTE: The folders and reports on the My Reports page are listed in alphabetic order so users may need to utilize the page forward functionality at the bottom of the webpage to advance to the page where the folder is located.  Alternatively, users may change the default number of rows that display on the webpage from 10 to a larger number to view the larger list of items.
    • Select the HHA Provider Preview Reports link to open the folder.
    • To locate the latest HHA Provider Preview report, select the down arrow adjacent to the Created Date label at the top of the table.  This will order the reports in the folder from newest to oldest.
    • Select the report file with the following label: Preview of Home Health Agency Quality Measure Scores To Be Posted on Care Compare (April 2022)_Updated [provider’s CCN will display after the word Updated].
    • Once the report is open, users will notice the Services Provided information displayed beneath their agency’s demographic information at the top of the report.

Should you have questions, please contact the iQIES Help Desk by phone at (800) 339-9313 or by email at iQIES@cms.hhs.gov.

March 16, 2022

Attention HHA Providers!

CMS identified an iQIES system nuance that may affect your HHA’s Services Provided values that are displayed on the HHA Provider Preview reports for the April 2022 refresh.  These reports were distributed in iQIES on 02/23/2022.  CMS is asking each HHA to carefully review the Services Provided values that display on these reports.  If the values are incorrect for your agency, please contact your State Automation or State OASIS Education Coordinator (OEC) and request an update of your Services Provided data in iQIES.  Should you have questions, please contact the iQIES Help Desk by phone at (800) 339-9313 or by email at iQIES@cms.hhs.gov.

March 01, 2022

Updated Quick Reference Guide Available

An updated Quick Reference Guide is now available in the Downloads section of the  Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements webpage. The Quick Reference Guide provides high-level information on the Home Health Quality Reporting Program, including frequently asked questions and helpful links.

February 24, 2022

NOW AVAILABLE IN iQIES - Preview Reports and Star Rating Preview Reports for the April 2022 Refresh

For this refresh, Home Health (HH) Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) measure scores are based on the standard number of quarters.  The April 2022 refresh will add new OASIS-based measures for public reporting in alignment with the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014:

  • Percent of Residents Experiencing One or More Falls with Major Injury
  • Application of Percent of Long-Term Care Hospital Patients with an Admission and Discharge Functional Assessment and a Care Plan that Addresses Function

The claims-based quality measures within this preview report remain frozen. CMS decided to delay the resumption of public reporting for these measures. This delay allows time to analyze the impact of the required comprehensive exclusion of Q1 and Q2 2020 claims data on risk adjustment and reporting.  CMS is targeting the July 2022 refresh of Care Compare for the resumption of HH claims-based measure updates on Care Compare. For additional information, please see the HH Quality Reporting Program (QRP) COVID-19 Public Reporting Tip Sheet in the downloads section of the HH Quality Reporting Training webpage and the FY 2022 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Update Final Rule (HH Rider).

February 01, 2022

NOW AVAILABLE- Updated Draft OASIS-E Instrument

The updated draft OASIS-E All Items Instrument is now available in the Downloads section of the OASIS Data Sets webpage.

January 26, 2022

NEW RESOURCE AVAILABLE: Second Edition Home Health QRP Public Reporting Tip Sheet

These resources can be accessed through the Home Health Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Training page.

January 19, 2022

Care Compare Quarterly Refresh – January 2022

The January 2022 quarterly refresh for the Home Health (HH) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) is now available on Care Compare. For this refresh, HH Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) measure scores are based on three quarters of OASIS assessment data, due to the temporary exception to the HH QRP data submission requirements in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. 

We would also like to note that the claims-based quality measures have not been updated, as CMS has decided to continue with the data freeze for claims-based measures for an additional six months. This decision will allow CMS more time to analyze the impact of the required comprehensive exclusion of Q1 and Q2 2020 claims data on risk adjustment and reporting. CMS is targeting the July 2022 refresh of Care Compare for the resumption of HH claims-based measure updates on Care Compare.  

For additional information, please see the HH QRP COVID-19 Public Reporting Tip Sheet in the downloads section of the HH Quality Reporting Training webpage and the FY 2022 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Update Final Rule (HH Rider).

January 18, 2022

NOW AVAILABLE- Updated Quarterly OASIS Q&As

January 2022 Outcome and Assessment Information Set (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 .

December 06, 2021

OASIS-D Instrument Use Extended

On November 23rd, 2021 the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the extension for the continued use of the OASIS-D instrument. The new expiration date is November 30, 2024. Providers collecting Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) on paper may use up any current inventory prior to using the instruments with the updated expiration date. Versions of the OASIS-D Data Set with the updated OMB expiration notice may be found on the CMS Home Health Quality Reporting Program OASIS Data Set webpage found in the Downloads section of the OASIS Data Sets webpage: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/HomeHealthQualityInits/OASIS-Data-Sets

November 10, 2021

NOW AVAILABLE IN iQIES - Preview Reports and Star Rating Preview Reports for the January 2022 Refresh

For this refresh, Home Health (HH) Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) measure scores are based on three quarters of OASIS assessment data, due to the temporary exemption to the HH Quality Reporting Program (QRP) data submission requirements in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE).  We would also like to note that the claims-based quality measures within this preview report have not been updated, as CMS has decided to continue with the data freeze for claims-based measures for an additional six months.  This decision will allow CMS more time to analyze the calculation of these measures, given the required comprehensive exclusion of claims data that occurred during Q1 2020 and Q2 2020, and the effect of that missing data on such aspects of measure calculation as lookback periods, and risk adjustment.  We are targeting the July 2022 refresh of Care Compare for the resumption of HH claims-based measure updates on Care Compare.   For additional information, please see the HH QRP COVID-19 Public Reporting Tip Sheet in the downloads section of the HH Quality Reporting Training webpage and the HH QRP Rider contained within the FY 2022 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Update Final Rule.

The HHCAHPS Survey Preview Reports are available only on the HHCAHPS Survey website, https://homehealthcahps.org.  HHAs go into the secure portal called “For HHAs” to view their agency’s preview reports.  HHAs are encouraged to routinely go into the “For HHAs” portal to view their survey vendor’s data submission reports.  If HHAs forget their ID and password, please email RTI at HHCAHPS@RTI.org or call RTI toll-free at (866) 354-0985.

November 10, 2021

NEW RESOURCES AVAILABLE: Job Aids – GG0130A. Eating, GG0130B. Oral Hygiene, GG0130C. Toileting Hygiene, GG0130E. Shower/Bathe Self, GG0130F. Upper Body Dressing, GG0130G. Lower Body Dressing, and GG0130H. Putting On/Taking Off Footwear.

These resources can be accessed through the Home Health Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Training page.

November 10, 2021

NEW RESOURCES AVAILABLE: Quick Assessment Reference Pocket Guides / Badge Buddies for Coding

These resources can be accessed through the Home Health Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Training page.

November 04, 2021

Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination

CMS displayed the Interim final rule with comment period. The emergency regulation is effective as of November 5, 2021.

SUMMARY: This interim final rule with comment period revises the requirements that most Medicare- and Medicaid-certified providers and suppliers must meet to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. These changes are necessary to help protect the health and safety of residents, clients, patients, Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) participants, and staff, and reflect lessons learned to date as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency. The revisions to the requirements establish COVID-19 vaccination requirements for staff at the included Medicare- and Medicaid certified providers and suppliers.

Stakeholders have 60 days to submit formal comment on the emergency regulation. It is important to note that since this is an emergency regulation, the requirements will go into effect immediately and before any additional response is provided on the comments by CMS. The comment period officially closes on January 4, 2022.

The interim final rule went on display at the Federal Register’s Public Inspection Desk and will be available at https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection/2021-23831/medicare-and-medicaid-programs-omnibus-covid-19-health-care-staff-vaccination. To view a list of frequently asked questions, visit: www.cms.gov/files/document/cms-omnibus-staff-vax-requirements-2021.pdf (PDF)

November 02, 2021

Medicare and Medicaid Programs; CY 2022 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update; Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model Requirements and Proposed Model Expansion; Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements; Home Infusion Therapy Services Requirements; Survey and Enforcement Requirements for Hospice Programs; Medicare Provider Enrollment Requirements; Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Quality Reporting Program Requirements; and Long-term Care Hospital Quality Reporting Program Requirements CMS 1747-F

On November 2, 2021 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule (CMS-1747-F). The final rule included updates to and finalized proposals for the Home Health Quality Reporting Program (HH QRP).

The rule went on display at the Federal Register’s Public Inspection Desk and will be available under “Special Filings,” at https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection.

October 28, 2021

CMS identified on Monday, October 18, 2021 a problem with receiving emails via our reconsideration email address (HHAPUReconsiderations@cms.hhs.gov). The problem was resolved on Friday, October 22, 2021.  We are extending the deadline for HHAs to file a reconsideration to November 17, 2021 at 11:59 pm (which represents an additional week).

October 26, 2021

NEW UPDATED TRAINING AVAILABLE: Section GG 3-Course Training Series

New updated training available for Section GG 3-Course Training Series. Please find details at the Home Health QRP Training & Education Library.

October 19, 2021

NOW AVAILABLE- Updated Quarterly OASIS Q&As

October 2021 Outcome and Assessment Information Set (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 .

October 08, 2021

Home Health Quality Reporting Program: Non-Compliance Notifications

CMS is providing notifications to home health agencies that were determined to be out of compliance with the Home Health Quality Reporting Program (HHQRP) requirements for calendar year (CY) 2020, which will affect their calendar year (CY) 2022 Annual Payment Update (APU). Non-compliance notifications will be distributed by the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and will be placed into HHA’s My Reports folders in iQIES on October 8, 2021. Facilities that receive a letter of non-compliance may submit a request for reconsideration to CMS via email no later than 11:59 pm, November 10, 2021. If you receive a notice of non-compliance and would like to request a reconsideration, see the instructions in your notification and on the Home Health Quality Reporting Reconsideration and Exception & Extension webpage.

Please note: Any reconsideration containing protected health information (PHI) will not be processed. All PHI must be removed in order for a reconsideration to be reviewed.

October 05, 2021

Hurricane Ida

Although the Home Health Agency Quality Reporting Program (HHQRP) is not granting automatic exceptions or extensions related to Hurricane Ida, CMS recognizes that some providers may have been affected by Hurricane Ida. If you are a HHQRP provider that was directly impacted by Hurricane Ida, please refer to the Home Health QRP page below to find out about filing a timely reconsiderations extension or exception. For further information about this Hurricane Ida disaster specific memo, please check the downloads section here:

August 31, 2021

Home Health QRP Website Update

CMS has updated the Data Submission Deadlines webpage, providing an updated schedule for QAO reports and for Care Compare refreshes in CY2022.

August 13, 2021

WEBINAR AVAILABLE – Home Health Quality Reporting Program – OASIS Interim Guidance Webinar (Advanced Webinar)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has developed a new training for Home Health providers intended to highlight some significant Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS) guidance refinements that are available in recent Quarterly Q&A releases.

Please note that this webinar is NOT intended to provide basic or comprehensive OASIS training. Listeners are expected to have foundational knowledge in OASIS data collection and guidelines. The link to the recording of this webinar and handout material is available on the Home Health Quality Reporting Program Training page.

July 29, 2021

Fiscal Year 2022 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update, Hospice Conditions of Participation Updates, Hospice Quality Reporting Program Requirements, and Home Health Quality Reporting Program Final Rule CMS-1754-F

On July 29, 2021 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule (CMS-1754-F) that provided updates to and finalized proposals for fiscal year (FY) 2022 Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP). This rule includes finalizations for changes to the Home Health Quality Reporting Program beginning with January 2022 to address exceptions related to the COVID-19 public health emergency. We included Home Health in this rule because we will resume public reporting for the HH QRP with the January 2022 refresh of Care Compare. In order to accommodate the exception of 2020 Q1 and Q2 data, we finalized the resumption of public reporting using 3 out of 4 quarters of data for the January 2022 refresh. In order to complete this proposal in time to release the required preview report related to the refresh, which we release 3 months prior to any given refresh (Oct. 2021), we needed the rule containing this proposal to finalize by October 2021.

The final rule went on display at the Federal Register’s Public Inspection Desk and will be available under “Special Filings,” at https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection.

For further information, visit http://www.cms.gov/Center/Provider-Type/Hospice-Center.htm.

 

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