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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, amongst other notifications.

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Updates

November 15, 2018

New Version of HIS Manual (V2.01) Now Available

The HIS Manual has been updated with refined guidance for completing the HIS based on frequently asked questions from the Hospice Quality Help Desk. Note that no updates were made to HIS items or the HIS itself (i.e., no HIS items have been added, deleted, or changed). Instead, additional guidance based on provider feedback from the Hospice Quality Help Desk has been added to the manual to clarify HIS coding instructions.

To download the new version of the HIS Manual and the associated change table, please refer to the Downloads section of the Hospice Item Set (HIS) webpage.

November 14, 2018

NQF #3235 Hospice and Palliative Care Composite Process Measure – Comprehensive Assessment at Admission (“Hospice Comprehensive Assessment Measure”) Fact Sheet Now Available

A fact sheet on the Hospice and Palliative Care Composite Process Measure – Comprehensive Assessment at Admission (NQF #3235), also known as “the Hospice Comprehensive Assessment Measure”, is now available for download. This measure was added to Provider Preview Reports in September 2018 and will be publicly reported on Hospice Compare starting in November 2018. This fact sheet provides information on the background of this measure, how this measure is calculated, and how providers can use their CASPER QM reports to understand their hospice’s performance on this measure.

The full title of this fact sheet is the “Hospice Comprehensive Assessment QM Background and Methodology Fact Sheet”. To download the fact sheet, please refer to the Downloads section of the Current Measures webpage.

HQRP Quarterly Update document for the Third Quarter of 2018 Now Available

November 09, 2018

The HQRP Quarterly Update for the third quarter (July – September) of 2018 is now available for download. This document features frequently asked questions that were received by the Hospice Quality Help Desk, as well as general HQRP updates and events from the third quarter of 2018. It also highlights upcoming events in the fourth quarter of 2018.

To download the HQRP Quarterly Update document for the third quarter of 2018, please refer to the “Downloads” section of the HQRP Requirements and Best Practices webpage.

November 07, 2018

HIS Freeze Date: November 15

The freeze date for the Hospice Item Set (HIS) data that will be included in quality measure calculations for the February 2019 Hospice Compare refresh is November 15, 2018. The February refresh will include HIS data from Q2 2017 to Q1 2018 (4/1/17-3/31/18). All HIS records, including modifications/corrections and inactivations, need to be submitted and accepted by the Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES) Assessment Submission and Processing (ASAP) system by 11:59:59 p.m. E.T. 11/15/18 to be reflected in the Hospice Provider Preview Report that will be available on December 3, 2018.

CMS has noticed an increase in the number of modifications/corrections and inactivations after the release of the Provider Preview Report. As a friendly reminder, it is the provider’s responsibility to ensure that records are complete and accurate prior to submission to the QIES ASAP system. CMS encourages providers to review quality measure data often using their CASPER QM Reports and not to wait until the freeze date or when the Provider Preview Reports are released to submit any necessary HIS corrections. For more information on how providers can use their CASPER QM Reports to review data please see the CASPER QM Reports Fact Sheet in the Downloads section of the HQRP Requirements and Best Practices webpage.

For more information about the freeze date, preview reports, and key public reporting dates for providers, please see the Public Reporting: Key Dates for Providers webpage.

November 06, 2018

Updated “Getting Started with the HQRP” Fact Sheet Now Available

An updated version of the “Getting Started with the HQRP” Fact Sheet is now available for download. Providers should review this updated fact sheet for information and resources related to requirements for the Hospice Item Set (HIS) and Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems® (CAHPS®).

To download the updated “Getting Started with the HQRP” Fact Sheet, please refer to the Downloads section of the HQRP Requirements and Best Practices webpage.

Hospice QRP APU FY 2019: Successful Facilities

As stated in the Fiscal Year 2016 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements Final Rule, CMS has published a list of Hospice providers who successfully met the reporting requirements after all reconsideration requests have been processed. This report will be updated on an annual basis. View the list on the HQRP Requirements and Best Practices webpage.

October 24, 2018

CORMAC sends informational messages to Hospices on the HQRP on a quarterly basis. If you need to add or change the email addresses to which these messages are sent, please email QRPHelp@cormac-corp.com and be sure to include your facility name and CMS Certification Number (CCN) along with any requested email updates.

October 18, 2018

Post-Training Materials Are Now Available -- August 2018 Introduction to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program Webinar

Post-training materials for the Introduction to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) Webinar that took place on August 30, 2018, are now available in the Downloads section of the Hospice Quality Reporting Training – Training and Education Library webpage.

October 11, 2018

Hurricane Florence - Disaster Exceptions/Exemptions for Medicare Certified Providers Affected by Severe Storms and Flooding

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is granting exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs located in areas affected by Hurricane Florence. These healthcare providers and suppliers will be granted exceptions without having to submit a request if they are located in one of the counties listed in the memo posted on October 11, 2018, all of which have been designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a major disaster county. Please check this site for the most up to date list of affected counties.

For Hospices outside the FEMA-designated counties affected by Hurricane Florence, please follow the directions related to requesting an exemption or extension, as listed on the Exception & Extension Requests website.

October 04, 2018

CMS has added future quality measure development to the Provider Engagement Opportunities webpage. This addition to the webpage will keep stakeholders informed of  hospice measures that CMS has submitted to the National Quality Forum (NQF)  Measure Application Process (MAP).  At this time, CMS is developing a claims-based Transitions from Hospice Care, Followed by Death or Acute Care, Measure, which is posted on the  Measures Under Consideration ( MUC) list).  The public may provide comments on this proposed measure, prior to the NQF Post-Acute Care/Long-Term Care Workgroup (December, 2018) and NQF Coordinating Committee Workgroup (January, 2019). 

September 13, 2018

A Quick Reference Guide for the Hospice QRP for FY2020 is now available on the HQRP Requirements and Best Practices page.  The guide includes frequently asked questions, information on QRP help desks, and helpful links to additional resources for the Hospice QRP.

September 5, 2018

Hospice Provider Preview Reports Now Available

Hospice provider preview reports and Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Survey ® provider preview reports have been updated and are now available. These two separate reports are available in your Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reports (CASPER) non-validation reports folder. Hospice providers are encouraged to review their Hospice Item Set (HIS) quality measure results from Quarter 1- 2017 to Quarter 4-2017 and their facility-level CAHPS® survey results from Quarter 1, 2016 to Quarter 4, 2017. 

Providers have 30-days to review their HIS and CAHPS® results (September 5, 2018 through October 5, 2018).  

The update includes one additional process measure for hospices:

August 31, 2018

September 26, 2018 from 2:00-3:00 pm Eastern Time

CCSQ will host a Special Open Door Forum (ODF) to allow hospices and other interested parties to ask questions on the development of the Hospice Evaluation and Assessment Reporting Tool (HEART).  This SODF is the first of a series of regular SODF’s CMS plans to host on HEART.

Please link to our HEART webpage for more information: 

https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Hospice-Quality-Reporting/HEART.html

August 31, 2018

August 2018 Hospice Quality Reporting Program Webinar: From Data to Measure training materials now available for download

Training materials from the Hospice Quality Reporting Program Webinar: From Data to Measure training, held on August 16, 2018, are now available for download.

The aim of this training is to help providers understand how CMS takes raw HIS data, calculates hospices’ performance on the HIS quality measures (or QMs) using the QM specifications, and determines publicly reported scores. Additionally, providers will learn how to interpret two QM reports in CASPER (both the Hospice-level QM Report and the Patient stay-level QM Report) to understand their hospice’s quality performance. This training is intended for advanced HIS audiences; it is recommended that providers have a basic understanding of the HIS, a working knowledge of the HIS-based QMs, and some familiarity with the QM reports to maximize benefit from this webinar.

To download the Hospice Quality Reporting Program Webinar: From Data to Measure training materials, please refer to the Downloads section of the Hospice Quality Reporting Training – Training and Education Library webpage.

August 27, 2018

August 30 Introduction to the HQRP Webinar Pre-Training Materials Are Now Available

The training materials for the upcoming Introduction to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) Webinar scheduled for Thursday, August 30, 2018, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. EDT are now available under the Downloads section of the Hospice Quality Reporting Training: Announcements and Registration webpage. 

August 16, 2018

HQRP Quarterly Update document for the Second Quarter of 2018 Now Available

The HQRP Quarterly Update for the second quarter (April - June) of 2018 is now available for download. This document features frequently asked questions that were received by the Hospice Quality Help Desk, as well as general HQRP updates and events from the second quarter of 2018. It also highlights upcoming events in the third quarter of 2018.

To download the HQRP Quarterly Update document for the second quarter of 2018, please refer to the “Downloads” section of the HQRP Requirements and Best Practices webpage.

August 16, 2018

Hospice Compare Quarterly Refresh Available

The August 2018 quarterly Hospice Compare refresh is now live. This Hospice Compare update reflects Hospice Item Set (HIS) quality measure results based on data collected Q4 2016 – Q3 2017 and on Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Survey ® results reported Q4 2015 – Q3 2017. We invite you to visit Hospice Compare to view the data.

 

August 14, 2018

HIS Freeze Date: August 15

The freeze date for the Hospice Item Set (HIS) data that will be included in quality measure calculations for the November 2018 Hospice Compare refresh is August 15, 2018. The November refresh will include HIS data from Q1 2017 to Q4 2017 (1/1/17-12/31/17). All HIS records, including modifications/corrections and inactivations need to be submitted and accepted by the Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES) Assessment Submission and Processing (ASAP) system by 11:59:59 p.m. E.D.T. 8/15/18 to be reflected in the Hospice Provider Preview Report that will be available on September 4, 2018.

The November 2018 Hospice Compare refresh will be the first to include the Hospice Comprehensive Assessment Measure (NQF #3235). Providers will have the opportunity to preview their score on this measure, in conjunction with the currently reported seven HIS measures, during the preview period (9/4/2018-10/4/2018). We encourage providers to become familiar with the Hospice Comprehensive Assessment Measure specifications and their measure score using the HQRP QM User’s Manual V2.00 and their CASPER QM Reports.      

CMS has noticed an increase in the number of modifications/corrections and inactivations after the release of the Provider Preview Report. As a friendly reminder, it is the provider’s responsibility to ensure that records are complete and accurate prior to submission to the QIES ASAP system. CMS encourages providers to review quality measure data often using their CASPER QM Reports and not to wait until the freeze date or when the Provider Preview Reports are released to submit any necessary HIS corrections. For more information on how providers can use their CASPER QM Reports to review data please see the CASPER QM Reports Fact Sheet in the Downloads section of the HQRP Requirements and Best Practices webpage.

For more information about the freeze date, preview reports, and key public reporting dates for providers, please see the Public Reporting: Key Dates for Providers webpage.

August 14, 2018

REGISTRATION OPEN – Introduction to the HQRP Webinar

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be hosting an Introduction to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) Webinar on Thursday, August 30, 2018. See the HQRP Training Announcements and Registration web pages for details. 

August 09, 2018

“From Data to Measure” Webinar August 16th – Registration Open

CMS will host our next quarterly training event on August 16th, 2018 from 1-3PM Eastern Time. The webinar is entitled “From Data to Measure” and will focus on how CMS takes raw HIS data and calculates hospices’ performance on the HIS QMs. During this webinar, providers will learn how to interpret the QM specifications, as well as how to interpret the two quality measure (or QM) reports available in CASPER. This webinar is intended for advanced HIS audiences. It is recommended that providers have a basic understanding of the HIS, a working knowledge of the HIS-based QMs, and some familiarity with the QM reports to maximize benefit from this webinar.

Registration link: https://engage.vevent.com/rt/ketchum/index.jsp?seid=154

July 26, 2018

Reminder:  Hospice Quality Reporting Program: Reconsideration Period Deadline August 7, 2018

CMS has provided notifications to hospices that were determined to be out of compliance with Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) requirements for CY 2017, which will affect their FY 2019 Annual Payment Update (APU). Non-compliance notifications were mailed by the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and were placed into hospices’ CASPER folders in QIES on July 9, 2018. Hospices that receive a letter of non-compliance may submit a request for reconsideration to CMS via email no later than 11:59pm PST, August 7, 2018. If you receive a notice of non-compliance and would like to request a reconsideration, see the instructions in your notification and on the Reconsideration Requests webpage.

 

July 16, 2018

A Quick Reference Guide for the Hospice QRP for FY2020 is now available on the HQRP reconsiderations page.  The guide includes frequently asked questions, information on QRP help desks, and helpful links to additional resources for the Hospice QRP.

July 09, 2018

May 2018 Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) Data Submission and Reporting Webinar Post-Training Materials Are Now Available

Post-training materials from the May 30, 2018 Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) Data Submission and Reporting Webinar are now available in the Downloads section of the Hospice Quality Reporting Training – Training and Education Library webpage. 

July 06, 2018

Hospice Quality Reporting Program: Non-Compliance Letters

CMS is providing notifications to hospices that were determined to be out of compliance with Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) requirements for CY 2017, which will affect their FY 2019 Annual Payment Update (APU). Non-compliance notifications are in the process of being mailed by the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and will be placed into hospices’ CASPER folders in QIES on July 9, 2018. Hospices that receive a letter of non-compliance may submit a request for reconsideration to CMS via email no later than 11:59pm PST, August 7, 2018. If you receive a notice of non-compliance and would like to request a reconsideration, see the instructions in your notification and on the Reconsideration Requests webpage.

June 20, 2018

Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) FY2019 Annual Payment Update (APU) Reminder and Other Important Dates

CORMAC sends informational messages related to reconsideration issues to hospices on a quarterly basis.  Their latest  outreach communication can be found at Reconsideration Request webpage.  If you want to receive CORMAC’s quarterly emails, then add or update the email addresses to which these messages are sent by emailing to: QRPHelp@cormac-corp.com and be sure to include your facility name and CMS Certification Number (CCN) along with any requested updates

June 1, 2018

Hospice Provider Preview Reports Now Available

Hospice provider preview reports and Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Survey ® provider preview reports have been updated and are now available. These two separate reports are available in your Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reports (CASPER) non-validation reports folder. Hospice providers are encouraged to review their Hospice Item Set (HIS) quality measure results from Quarter 4- 2016 to Quarter 3-2017 and their facility-level CAHPS® survey results from Quarter 4, 2015 to Quarter 3, 2017. 

Providers have 30-days to review their HIS and CAHPS® results (June 1, 2018 through June 30, 2018).  

Should a provider believe the denominator or other HIS quality metric to be inaccurate or if there are errors within the results from the CAHPS® Survey data, a provider may request CMS review. Providers must adhere to the process outlined on the Public Reporting: HIS Preview Reports and Requests for CMS Review of HIS Data webpage and the Public Reporting: CAHPS® Preview Reports and Requests for CMS Review of CAHPS® Data webpage.

For more information on how to access these reports, view the HIS Preview Report Access Instructions and the Hospice CAHPS® Provider Preview Reports Access Instructions.

May 29, 2018

Training Materials Available for Hospice Data Submission and Reporting Webinar, May 30, 2018

The training presentation for the upcoming Hospice Data Submission and Reporting Webinar on Wednesday, May 30, is now available under the Downloads section of the Hospice Quality Reporting Training webpage. The training will start at 2:00 p.m. EDT and end at 3:30 p.m. EDT. 

May 17, 2018

REGISTRATION OPEN—Hospice Quality Reporting Program Data Submission and Reporting Webinar, May 30, 2018

CMS is hosting a webinar for hospice providers on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. EDT. Visit the Hospice Quality Reporting Training webpage for more information and to register.

May 16, 2018

Hospice Compare Quarterly Refresh Available

The May 2018 quarterly Hospice Compare refresh is now available. It is based on Hospice Item Set (HIS) quality measure results from data collected Q3 2016 – Q2 2017 and on Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Survey ® results reported Q3 2015 – Q2 2017. We invite you to visit Hospice Compare to view the data and CMS HQRP Public Reporting: Background and Announcements for more information.

May 14, 2018

HQRP Quarterly Update document for the First Quarter of 2018 Now Available

The HQRP Quarterly Update for the first quarter (January–March) of 2018 is now available for download. This document features frequently asked questions that were received by the Hospice Quality Help Desk, as well as on the March 27th, 2018 Hospice Quality Reporting Program Webinar. It also highlights general HQRP updates and events from the first quarter and upcoming events in the second quarter of 2018.

To download the HQRP Quarterly Update document for the first quarter of 2018, please refer to the “Downloads” section of the HQRP Requirements and Best Practices webpage.

May 11, 2018

HIS Freeze Date: May 15

The freeze date for the Hospice Item Set (HIS) data that will be included in quality measure calculations for the August 2018 Hospice Compare refresh is May 15, 2018. The August refresh will include HIS data from Q4 2016 to Q3 2017 (10/1/16-9/30/17). All HIS records, including modifications/corrections and inactivations need to be submitted and accepted by the Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES) Assessment Submission and Processing (ASAP) system by 11:59:59 p.m. E.D.T. 5/15/18 to be reflected in the Hospice Provider Preview Report that will be available on June 1, 2018.

CMS has noticed an increase in the number of modifications/corrections and inactivations after the release of the Provider Preview Report. As a friendly reminder, it is the provider’s responsibility to ensure that records are complete and accurate prior to submission to the QIES ASAP system. CMS encourages providers to review quality measure data often using their CASPER QM Reports and not to wait until the freeze date or when the Provider Preview Reports are released to submit any necessary HIS corrections. For more information on how providers can use their CASPER QM Reports to review data please see the CASPER QM Reports Fact Sheet in the Downloads section of the HQRP Requirements and Best Practices webpage.

For more information about the freeze date, preview reports, and key public reporting dates for providers, please see the Public Reporting: Key Dates for Providers webpage.

 

April 17, 2018

Updated Hospice Quality Measure Reports Available

Hospices were notified on 4-13-18 that the Hospice-Level and Hospice Patient Stay-Level Quality Measure (QM) reports would be unavailable in the CASPER Reporting application while corrections were being made. Stays were mistakenly being included in the report for the newly added NQF #3235 Hospice and Palliative Care Composite Process Measure - Comprehensive Assessment at Admission when the admission date for the stay fell within the requested reporting period, regardless of the discharge date. Therefore, any report requested on or after 02/14/2018 included patient stays with discharge dates that fell after the requested reporting period end date.

Please be advised that this issue has been resolved and the Hospice-Level and Hospice Patient Stay-Level Quality Measure (QM) Reports are once again available. The data for the new NQF #3235 Hospice and Palliative Care Composite Process Measure - Comprehensive Assessment at Admission measure has been recalculated so that only stays where the discharge date falls within the requested reporting period are included in the report. If the discharge record for a stay is missing, the patient stay is included in the report if the admission date falls within the requested reporting period.

If you have questions concerning this information, please contact the QTSO Help Desk at help@qtso.com or 1 (877) 201-4721.

 

April 13, 2018

Hospice Quality Measure Reports Unavailable

Hospices were notified via email on 03/13/2018 and 03/16/2018 of an issue affecting the Hospice-Level and Hospice Patient Stay-Level Quality Measure (QM) reports available via the Hospice Quality Reporting Program category in the CASPER Reporting application.

As identified in those emails, stays are being included in the report for the newly added NQF #3235 Hospice and Palliative Care Composite Process Measure - Comprehensive Assessment at Admission when the admission date for the stay falls within the requested reporting period, regardless of the discharge date. Therefore, any report requested on or after 02/14/2018 includes patient stays with discharge dates that fall after the requested reporting period end date.

The Hospice-Level and Hospice Patient Stay-Level Quality Measure (QM) reports in the CASPER Reporting application will be unavailable beginning Monday, 04/16/2018, while the issue is corrected and the data for the new Comprehensive Assessment at Admission measure is recalculated. Hospices will be notified once the reports are available again. Once corrected, only stays with discharge dates that fall within the requested reporting period, including stays for the new NQF #3235 Hospice and Palliative Care Composite Process Measure - Comprehensive Assessment at Admission measure, will be included in the report.

If you have any questions concerning this information, please contact the QTSO Help Desk at help@qtso.com or 1 (877) 201-4721.

March 27, 2018

Transitions from Hospice Care, Followed by Death or Acute Care, Draft Measure Development for Hospice QRP: Public Comment Period Ends April 25 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with RTI International to develop claims based quality measures for the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP). We seek to supplement the existing HQRP measure set, which includes quality measures based on the Hospice Item Set (HIS) and the Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®), with measures that address additional identified gaps in hospice quality measurement without increasing burden to providers.

The call for public comment period closes on April 25, 2018.

View the public comment webpage for more information.

 

March 26, 2018

Two New Educational Series Available to Hospice Providers

CMS recently released two series of educational modules, which are now available for streaming by hospice providers.

The first series, focuses on helping providers navigate the websites pertinent to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP). We are excited to share the newly designed CMS HQRP website along with the CAHPS® survey website and the QIES Technical Support Office (QTSO) website to improve the user experience. This series also reminds providers of the Help Desks available to them to assist with HQRP-related questions.

The second series focuses on refined coding guidance for the HIS. Based on questions frequently asked on the Hospice Quality Help Desk, CMS has produced refined coding guidance for select Hospice Item Set (HIS) items. Refined coding guidance includes additional clarification on clinical examples, tips, and item-level HIS coding guidance.

Both series are available on CMS’s YouTube channels as short, self-directed segments (or modules). Slides and speaker notes for each series are also available on the “Hospice Quality Reporting Training: Training and Education Library” webpage.

March 20, 2018 

Important Reminder for Hospices

To comply with the Hospice QRP (HQRP) requirements, hospices must successfully submit timely Hospice Item Set (HIS) and Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (Hospice CAHPS®) data. 

Beginning January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018, hospices must submit at least 90 percent of all required HIS records within the 30 day submission timeframe for the year or be subject to a 2 percentage point reduction to their market basket update for FY 2020. For more information on HIS, please visit the HIS webpage

For information on CAHPS compliance, please visit the Hospice CAHPS webpage

There are several tools in the Downloads section on the Best Practices for HQRP webpage to assist with successful submission including. 

To assist providers with HQRP, CMS offers training on about a quarterly basis. Don’t forget to register for the upcoming March 27 Hospice QRP webinar. Past trainings are available on the HQRP Training and Education Library webpage.

 

March 07, 2018

Hospice Quality Reporting Program Webinar

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

1:30-3 pm ET 

During this webinar, learn about updated coding guidance for the Hospice Item Set and learn how to navigate the Hospice Quality Reporting Program websites. Subject matter experts will also provide an update on Hospice CAHPS®.

 

For more information and to register, visit the Hospice Quality Reporting Training: Announcements and Registration webpage.

March 07, 2018

Hospice Timeliness Compliance Threshold Report - Footnote Update

Please be advised that the footnote on the Hospice Timeliness Compliance Threshold Report has been updated for the FY 2019 and FY 2020 reports.  The submission requirements have not changed; only the wording of the footnote has been enhanced to clarify that the score shown on the report is considered preliminary. 

For example, the following is the wording of the footnote on the FY 2019 Timelines Compliance Threshold Report: 

“Per requirements set forth by CMS, 80% of all required HIS records must be submitted within the 30-day submission deadline to avoid the 2-percentage point reduction in the FY 2019 APU. Extensions and exceptions approved according to CMS policy have not been applied in the score calculations. As such, the score in this report is considered preliminary.”

If you have questions concerning this information, please contact the QTSO Help Desk at help@qtso.com or 1 (877) 201-4721.

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