Spotlight & Announcements

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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

June 23, 2020

Reminder

  • Quality Reporting Programs are expected to report their quality data to meet requirements starting Quarter 3, which begins July 1, 2020. 

The March 27, 2020 Medicare Learning Network Newsletter (MLN) Exceptions and Extensions for Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Requirements that includes Skilled Nursing Facilities, Home Health Agencies, Hospices, Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities, and Long-Term Care Hospitals (hereafter referred to as post-acute care (PAC) programs) applies only to Quarter 4 of 2019 (October 1-December 31, 2019) and Quarters 1 and 2 of 2020 (January 1-June 30, 2020).  Providers are expected to report data and meet the QRP requirements beginning with Quarter 3, 2020 that starts July 1, 2020.

 As stated in that March 27, 2020 MLN Newsletter, “In some instances, these exceptions and extensions are granted because the data collected may be greatly impacted by the response to COVID-19 and therefore should not be considered in the quality reporting program. CMS is closely monitoring the situation for potential adjustments and will update exception lists, exempted reporting periods, and submission deadlines accordingly as events occur.”

Starting with Quarter 3 that begins July 1, 2020, CMS expects providers to report their quality data.  CMS will analyze the data for each program recognizing that the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) remains in effect and could impact the quality data submitted.  CMS will closely monitor the situation for public reporting of the data and provide any updates.

June 10, 2020

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.

June 5, 2020

Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) Forum Spring 2020 Recording Released

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) pre-recorded the April HQRP Forum in light of the ongoing public health emergency. This decision made it possible for hospices to remain focused on their patients and response to COVID-19. Now, hospices can hear from CMS about developments with the Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation (HOPE) with this newly released recording of the April HQRP Forum presentation. To download this recording, please navigate to the Downloads section of the HOPE page at: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Hospice-Quality-Reporting/HOPE.

June 2, 2020

Hospice Provider Preview Reports for the August 2020 Refresh Now Available

Hospice HIS 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, 2018 to Quarter 3, 2019 and their facility-level CAHPS® survey results from Quarter 4, 2017 to Quarter 3, 2019. 

The 30-day preview period will run from May 28 to June 29, 2020. Requests for CMS review of HIS or CAHPS data must be submitted by 11:59:59 p.m. E.T. on June 29 in order to be reflected in the next quarterly refresh, scheduled for August 2020.

For further information view the CMS Hospice Public Reporting: Background and Announcements webpage.

May 15, 2020

HQRP Quarterly Update for 1st Quarter of 2020 is Available

The Hospice Quarterly Update for the first quarter of 2020 is now available. This update includes Hospice Quality Reporting Program highlights from this past quarter (January – March 2020), events and engagement opportunities planned for this coming quarter (April –June 2020), 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 15, 2020

Presentation slides and transcript for the March 5th Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation (HOPE) Alpha Test Informational Webinar Now Available

CMS, through its contractor, Abt Associates, presented a webinar on March 5th for interested hospice providers to learn more about what the Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation (HOPE) alpha test will entail.

During this webinar, Abt Associates provided information on the following topics:

  • Eligibility to participate in the alpha test
  • Benefits of participation
  • Alpha test requirements and support from the Abt HOPE Testing team
  • Selection of hospices to participate

The presentation slides and transcript for this event are now available in the Downloads section of the HOPE page at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Hospice-Quality-Reporting/HOPE.html

April 03, 2020

Post-Training Materials for the March 3 Hospice Item Set (HIS) Submission Requirements Webinar Are Now Available

Post-training materials (with answers to knowledge checks) for the HIS Submission Requirements Webinar held on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. ET are now available on the Hospice Quality Reporting Training—Training and Education Library webpage. 

March 23, 2020

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 12, 2020

Hospice Provider Preview Reports Now Available

Hospice Quality Reporting Program 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. 

For additional information, view the Hospice Public Reporting Background and Announcements webpage at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Hospice-Quality-Reporting/Public-Reporting-Background-and-Announcements.html

March 03, 2020

Presentation from the December HQRP Forum are Available

The presentation from the quarterly Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) Forum held on December 4, 2019 are now available. The Forum provided an update on the development of the Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation (HOPE), including a summary of focus group findings and cognitive testing, an update on electronic health record vendor listening sessions findings, and a discussion of next steps. The slides are available in the Downloads section of the HOPE webpage.

February 28, 2020

Timeliness Compliance Threshold for HIS Submissions: Fact Sheet

CMS has posted a document that updates information on the Timeliness Compliance Threshold for HIS Submissions: Fact Sheet. This fact sheet outlines the timeliness compliance threshold for HIS submissions, finalized by CMS in the FY 2016 Final Rule as well as presenting a preliminary algorithm for the timeliness compliance threshold calculation.

 The document is now available in the Downloads section of the Hospice Item Set (HIS) page at: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Hospice-Quality-Reporting/Hospice-Item-Set-HIS.

February 21, 2020

A Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation (HOPE) Alpha Test Informational Webinar

Date: Thursday March 5, 2020

Time: 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET

Description: Abt Associates is currently recruiting hospice providers to participate in a field test (called an alpha test) of the new hospice patient assessment instrument, the Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation (HOPE). Abt Associates is presenting a webinar for interested hospice providers to learn more about what the alpha test will entail.

During this webinar, Abt Associates will provide information on the following topics:

  • Eligibility to participate in the alpha test
  • Benefits of participation
  • Alpha test requirements and support from the Abt HOPE Testing team
  • Selection of hospices to participate

Register here for the webinar: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5082098179591800075

The HOPE development work is under CMS contract number 75FCMC18D0014 and task order number 75FCMC19F0001.

February 20, 2020

Pre-Training Materials for the March 3 Hospice Item Set (HIS) Submission Requirements Webinar Are Now Available

Pre-training materials (without answers to knowledge checks) for the HIS Submission Requirements Webinar that will be held on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. ET are now available on the Hospice Quality Reporting Training—Training and Education Library webpage. 

February 7, 2020

REGISTRATION OPEN – Hospice Item Set (HIS) Submission Requirements Webinar

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be hosting a webinar on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. ET. The purpose of the webinar is to provide a general overview of the Hospice Item Set (HIS) and associated submission requirements. See the Hospice Quality Reporting Training: Announcements and Registration webpage for details.

January 30, 2020

HQRP Quarterly Update for 4th Quarter of 2019 is Available

The Hospice Quarterly Update for the fourth quarter of 2019 is now available. This update includes Hospice Quality Reporting Program highlights from this past quarter (October – December 2019), events and engagement opportunities planned for this coming quarter (January –March 2019), 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.

January 09, 2020

HQRP Requirements documents now updated for FY 2021

HQRP requirements are now updated to reflect the FY 2020 final rule. The following documents have been updated:

  • Getting Started with the Hospice Quality Reporting Program
  • Hospice Quality Reporting Program: Requirements for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 and Future FY Reporting Years fact sheet
  • Hospice Quality Reporting Program Quick Reference Guide

These documents can be found on the HQRP Requirements and Best Practices page at: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Hospice-Quality-Reporting/HQRP-Requirements-and-Best-Practices.html.

January 09, 2020

HOPE Information Gathering Report and Focus Group Addendum are Available

The Information Gathering Report and Focus Group Addendum prepared to support the development of the Hospice Outcome & Patient Evaluation (HOPE) are now available. The reports are posted and available in the download section of the HOPE webpage.

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