Announcements & Spotlight
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The Spotlight & Announcements webpage provides recent news and updates pertinent to the HQRP. On this page, you will find announcements about newly posted resource guides and factsheets, available Quarterly Update documents, and APU updates, among other notifications.
May 12, 2021
CMS Announces Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation (HOPE) Beta Test Recruitment
CMS and thier contractor, Abt Associates are now recruiting Medicare-certified hospice providers to participate in a beta test of the draft hospice patient assessment instrument called Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation (HOPE). Recruitment ends June 14, 2021. Data collection is anticipated to begin in fall 2021.
The detailed recruitment announcement and application for participation are available on CMS's Hospice QRP Provider and Stakeholder Engagement webpage.
Those interested in participating should complete the application and email to HospiceAssessment@CMS.hhs.gov by June 14, 2021.
The HOPE development work is under CMS contract number 75FCMC18D0014 and task order number 75FCMC19F0001.
April 27, 2021
Registration Open for the Hospice Quality Reporting Program Forum
On Wednesday, May 12, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a webinar to share development and testing updates on the Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation (HOPE) assessment.
More information on the webinar, including how to register, can be found on the Provider and Stakeholder Engagement webpage.
April 16, 2021
HQRP Quarterly Update for 1st Quarter of 2021 is Available
The Hospice Quarterly Update for the first quarter of 2021 is now available. This update includes Hospice Quality Reporting Program highlights from January 2021 to March 2021, events and engagement opportunities for the second quarter of 2021 (April – June 2021), and selected questions and answers from the Hospice Quality Help Desk. Please navigate to the HQRP Requirements and Best Practices page to download this document.
April 14, 2021
Training Materials Available for The Changes in the Hospice Item Set (HIS) Manual V3.00 Webinar
The training materials for “Changes in the Hospice Item Set (HIS) Manual V3.00 Webinar” scheduled for Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET. are now available under the Downloads section on the HQRP Training and Education Library Webpage.
April 08, 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 Proposed Rule CMS-1754-P
On April 08, 2021 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule (CMS-1754-P) that provides updates to and proposals for fiscal year (FY) 2022 Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP). This rule also includes a proposal for changes to the Home Health Quality Reporting Program beginning with the January 2022 to address exceptions related to the COVID-19 public health emergency. We include this Home Health proposal in this rule because we plan to 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 are proposing to resume public reporting using 3 out of 4 quarters of data for the January 2022 refresh. In order to finalize 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 need the rule containing this proposal to finalize by October 2021.
The proposed 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, see http://www.cms.gov/Center/Provider-Type/Hospice-Center.htm
April 08, 2021
Title: The Hospice Care Index – Introducing a New Measure of Quality for Hospice Care
Description: CMS is proud to introduce the Hospice Care Index (HCI) as a new proposed measure for the Hospice Quality Reporting Program. The HCI is intended to strengthen our quality reporting program, while also providing families and patients the information they need to decide which hospice is right for them. The HCI takes ten claims-based indicators into consideration. Collectively, the indicators represent different aspects of hospice care and aim to convey a comprehensive characterization of the quality of care furnished by a hospice. To learn more about the background of the HCI, please watch this video: https://youtu.be/by68E9E2cZc
This information can also be found on the Quality Measure Development webpage.
March 31, 2021
REGISTRATION OPEN – Changes in the Hospice Item Set (HIS) Manual V3.00: What you need to know!
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, April 15, 2021 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. ET. The purpose of this training is to provide a general overview of the changes included in the Hospice Item Set (HIS) Manual V3.00. Specific topics include:
- The Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) Requirements.
- Changes in Hospice Item Set (HIS) Manual V3.00.
- The data sources that will comprise the HQRP.
- The new quality measure (QM) created from administrative data (Medicare claims).
- HQRP resources.
Please register only if you know you will be able to attend the webinar, as space is limited. If you would like your name placed on a list to receive an email notification when the recorded version of the webinar is available, please CLICK HERE to be placed on an email notification list.
If you have questions or need additional information regarding the logistics of this training session, please email the PAC Training mailbox at PACTraining@econometricainc.com.
March 23, 2021
Important Updates on the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP)
Swingtech sends informational messages to hospices related to the Quality Reporting Program (QRP) on a quarterly basis. Their latest outreach communication can be found on the HQRP Requirements and Best Practices webpage. If you want to receive Swingtech’s quarterly emails, then add or update the email addresses to which these messages are sent by sending an email to QRPHelp@swingtech.com. Be sure to include your facility name and CMS Certification Number (CCN) along with any requested updates.
March 03, 2021
2020 Technical Expert Panel Meeting Summary Report Available
CMS has released the summary report from the Technical Expert Panel (TEP) meetings convened in 2020 by CMS’s measure development contractor, Abt Associates. The standing TEP is composed of eleven members representing a wide range of hospice stakeholders, including providers, caregivers, and quality improvement experts. The TEP’s role is to help develop and refine new hospice quality measures, focusing on measures derived from the Hospice Outcomes and Patient Evaluation (HOPE), a real-time hospice assessment instrument. The full TEP convened in March and November 2020, and a subset of TEP members convened between May and June 2020. This report provides a summary of these activities, including background on the focus of each TEP meeting, a summary of the discussion, and key recommendations.
The 2020 TEP Summary Report is available on the Provider Engagement Opportunities page.
If you have general questions about the Hospice Quality Reporting Program, please email HospiceQRP@abtassoc.com.
This work is being conducted under CMS contract number 75FCMC18D0014 and task order number 75FCMC19F0001.
March 02, 2021
Changes Made to Provider Reports
We made several updates to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program’s (HQRP’s) confidential reports available to you in CASPER. The reports updated include 1) the QM reports, which provide hospice agencies feedback on their quality measure scores, allowing them to continuously improve the quality of care delivered; and 2) the Review and Correct reports which provide hospice agencies an opportunity to identify any reporting errors that may affect quality measure performance.
With the new changes, the QM reports direct readers to the HQRP Public Reporting: Key Dates for Providers page obtain more information on public reporting in light of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. In addition, the QM Reports and the Review and Correct Reports align with the Hospice Item Set (HIS) V3.00, which removes Section O from the Discharge Assessment and thus ends data collection for the Hospice Visits When Death Is Imminent (HVWDII) measure pair. The HIS Manual V3.00 received OMB approval as of February 16, 2021. Because of this change to the HIS, the QM and Review and Correct reports display HVWDII measure scores only when hospice agencies select quarters before or including Q4 2020; when hospice agencies select quarters after Q4 2020, the reports will display a dash for HVWDII. Please find more information on the QM reports on the HQRP Requirements and Best Practices page and additional information on the HIS V3.00 on the Hospice Item Set page.
February 26, 2021
NOW AVAILABLE: Final Hospice Item Set (HIS) Manual V3.00
The final HIS Manual V3.00 is now available in the Downloads section of the Hospice Item Set (HIS) webpage. The updated Admission and Discharge Instruments, along with a Change Table showing what was updated from the HIS Manual V2.01 to V3.00, are also available for download.
The HIS Manual V3.00 is effective as of February 16, 2021. For more information and to download the new documents, please visit the Hospice Item Set webpage.
February 12, 2021
Update: Common Questions-Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) Claims-Based-Quality Measures: February 2021
A new document, entitled “Common Questions-HQRP Claims-Based-Quality Measures: February 2021” is now available in the Downloads section of the Hospice Item Set (HIS) page. This document will give providers information and answers to some common questions about the HQRP including changes in the draft HIS Manual V3.00; the new claims-based Quality Measure (QM) Hospice Visits in the Last Days of Life (HVLDL) replacing Hospice Visits When Death is Imminent (HVWDII); the Hospice Care Index (HCI); and HQRP in the future.
February 10, 2021
Updated Provider Demographic Data Process Available
CMS will be transitioning to a new data source for a provider’s demographic data for hospice and the other Post-Acute Care (PAC) provider types (Skilled Nursing Facilities / Nursing Facilities (SNF/NFs), Home Health Agencies (HHAs), 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 the ASPEN and PECOS systems. A referencing document that outlines the steps each PAC provider should follow can be accessed in the Downloads section of the Public Reporting: Background and Announcements 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.
January 19, 2021
HQRP Quarterly Update for 4th Quarter of 2020 is Available
The Hospice Quarterly Update for the fourth quarter of 2020 is now available. This update includes Hospice Quality Reporting Program highlights from October 2020 to December 2020, events and engagement opportunities for the first quarter of 2021 (January – March 2021), and selected questions and answers from the Hospice Quality Help Desk. Please navigate to the HQRP Requirements and Best Practices page to download this document.
November 19, 2020
IMPORTANT!!! Hospice Compare will be going away soon, but you'll still be able to find the same information about Hospices and other health care providers on Care Compare on Medicare.gov. The Provider Data Catalog on CMS.gov also makes it easier for you to search and download our publicly reported data. Bookmark the webpages and start using these tools today!
Care Compare Quarterly Refresh – November 2020
The November 2020 quarterly refresh for the HQRP is now available on Care Compare. Care Compare is the recently launched, streamlined redesign of eight existing CMS healthcare compare tools on Medicare.gov, including Hospice Compare. Please visit Care Compare or Hospice Compare to view the new and updated quality data.
Please note that public reporting of hospices’ data will freeze after the November 2020 refresh, due to the temporary exemption to the HQRP data submission requirements in responding to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE). This means that following the November 2020 refresh, the data publicly reported will be held constant through the November 2021 refresh. Further, no Provider Preview Reports will be issued for those refreshes that continue to display the constant or frozen data. For additional information on COVID-19 PHE data exemption, please see the Hospice COVID-19 Public Reporting Tip Sheet (PDF) in the Downloads section of the HQRP Requirements and Best Practices webpage.