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Public Reporting: Key Dates for Providers

Key dates are important for Public Reporting. When data are updated affects when the data are displayed on Hospice Compare. The data shown on your Preview Reports are the data that will be displayed on the next Hospice Compare refresh. 

CMS encourages providers to be familiar with the important dates outlined in the table below, which is also available in PDF format in the Downloads section of this webpage. Providers will need to submit all Hospice Item Set (HIS) modification or inactivation records prior to the “freeze date” for the modifications to be reflected in the corresponding HIS Provider Preview Report and Hospice Compare refreshes.

*Note: The “freeze date” is always before the HIS Provider Preview Report becomes available in the CASPER folder. Once you review your Preview Report, it is too late to modify the underlying HIS data included in the report and the corresponding Hospice Compare refresh. If a hospice disagrees with their quality measure results (denominator or quality metric) contained within their HIS Provider Preview Report, they will have an opportunity to request review of the calculations by CMS. Please see the HIS Preview Report and Requests for CMS Review of HIS Data  Tab for more information.

Hospice Compare Refresh Date


February 2018

May 2018

August 2018

Hospice Compare Refresh Reflects Patient Stays Discharged for Quarters (HIS)

Quarter 1 2016-Quarter 4 2016

Quarter 2 2016-

Quarter 1 2017

Quarter 3 2016–Quarter 2 2017

Quarter 4 2016–Quarter 3 2017

CAHPS Quarters included in the refresh (Dates refer to patients’ dates of death)


Quarter 2, 2015-

Quarter 1, 2017

Quarter 3, 2015-

Quarter 2, 2017

Quarter 4, 2015-

Quarter 3, 2017

HIS Data Freeze Date

Hospice Providers to submit HIS Modification and Inactivation Records by this date to be reflected in the next Hospice Provider Preview Reports and Hospice Compare Refresh

(HIS records to be submitted and accepted into the QIES ASAP system by 11:59:59 p.m. E.D.T.)





HIS and CAHPS Provider Preview Reports Available in CASPER Folder





30-Day HIS and CAHPS Provider Preview Period

Requests for CMS review of HIS or CAHPS data must be submitted by 11:59:59 p.m. PST on day 30 of the preview period









*CAHPS Provider Preview Reports were not available in August 2017. These dates only reflect HIS Preview Reports and Preview Period.

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