Hospice QRP Announcements & Spotlight

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The Announcements & Spotlight webpage provides recent news and updates pertinent to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP). On this page, you will find announcements about newly posted resource guides and factsheets, available Quarterly Update documents, and Annual Payment Updates (APU) updates, among other notifications.

Updates

January 20, 2023

HQRP Quarterly Update for 4th Quarter of 2022 is Available

The Hospice Quarterly Update for the fourth quarter of 2022 is now available. This update includes Hospice Quality Reporting Program highlights from October to December 2022, events and engagement opportunities for the first quarter of 2023 (January – March 2023), 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.

December 22, 2022

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, add or update the email addresses to which these messages are sent by sending an email to QRPHelp@swingtech.com. Be sure to include the name of your facility and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Certification Number (CCN) along with any requested updates.

December 16, 2022

Updated Information Gathering Report for Hospice Quality Reporting Program

CMS has released the Hospice Quality Reported Program 2022 Information Gathering Reporting.  This report provides information from literature reviews and expert interviews that supports expansion of the hospice quality reporting program. Specific topics include: health equity in hospice access and enrollment, health equity in hospice care, and recent hospice quality research.

 

The updated Information Gathering Report is available in the downloads section of the Provider and Stakeholder Engagement webpage.

November 23, 2022

Care Compare Quarterly Refresh – November 2022

The November 2022 quarterly refresh for the Hospice Quality Reporting Program is now available on Care Compare.

For additional information, please see the FY 2023 Hospice Wage Index Final Rule at https://www.cms.gov/Center/Provider-Type/Hospice-Center. Please visit the Hospice Background and Announcements website to review the Claims-Based Measures Questions and Answers downloadable (PDF) for more information on the HCI and HVLDL.

November 9, 2022

NOW AVAILABLE IN QIES - Preview Reports for the February 2023 Refresh

Providers can now access the latest Provider Preview Reports via the Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reports (CASPER) application. Once released in CASPER, providers will have 30 days during which to review their quality measure results. Although the actual “preview period” is 30 days, the reports will continue to be available for another 30 days, or a total of 60 days. The preview period for the latest Provider Preview Report lasts from November 9, 2022 to December 9, 2022. CMS encourages providers to download and save their Hospice Provider Preview Reports for future reference, as they will no longer be available in CASPER after this 60-day period.

Learn more about the Provider Preview Report (HIS and Claims-based measures) here and about the CAHPS Preview Report here. Hospice QRP Key Dates for Providers can be found here. The 3rd Edition HQRP Public Reporting Tip Sheet is available here.

October 26, 2022

Care Compare Off-Cycle Refresh – October 2022

An off-cycle October 2022 Refresh for the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) is now available on Care Compare.

The HQRP and the Hospice Care Index (HCI) informational videos are now available to be viewed on Care Compare. References to Hospice APU Compliance have been removed from Care Compare.

October 25, 2022

Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) September Forum Materials Available Now

On Wednesday, September 28, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) hosted the September 2022 HQRP Forum to provide information on the Fiscal Year 2023 Hospice Final Rule, recent public reporting activity, and additional HQRP updates. Materials from this HQRP Forum, including a recording of the presentation, are now available in the Downloads section of the Provider and Stakeholder Engagement webpage.

October 21, 2022

HQRP Quarterly Update for 3rd Quarter of 2022 is Available

The Hospice Quarterly Update for the third quarter of 2022 is now available. This update includes Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) highlights from July to September 2022, events and engagement opportunities for the fourth quarter of 2022 (October – December 2022), 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.

October 18, 2022

Post-Acute Care (PAC) Quality Reporting Programs (QRP) Demographic Data Transition

Historically provider demographic data have been maintained in the Automated Survey Processing Environment (ASPEN) software; however, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (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 Post-Acute Care (PAC) providers will be responsible to ensure their latest demographic data are updated and available in both ASPEN (SNF/NFs, IRFs, and LTCHs) or iQIES (HHAs and Hospices) and PECOS systems.

A referencing document that outlines the steps each PAC provider should follow can be accessed in the Downloads section of the Help Desks webpage. 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.

September 23, 2022

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, add or update the email addresses to which these messages are sent by sending an email to QRPHelp@swingtech.com. Be sure to include the name of your facility and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Certification Number (CCN) along with any requested updates.

September 14, 2022

NEW RESOURCE AVAILABLE: Third Edition HQRP Public Reporting Tip Sheet

The purpose of the Third Edition HQRP Public Reporting Tip Sheet is to help providers understand public reporting for the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) in the midst of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE).

This resource can be accessed through the HQRP Requirements and Best Practices page.

September 14, 2022

UPDATED RESOURCE AVAILABLE: HQRP Acronym List

This resource has been revised. The updated Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) Acronym List can be accessed through the HQRP Training and Education Library.

September 7, 2022

Register Now: CMS Hospice Quality Reporting Program September Forum

Registration for the September 28, 2022 Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) Forum is now open! In this webinar, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will share updates related to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Hospice Final Rule, recent Public Reporting activity, and other updates related to HQRP. Please visit the Provider and Stakeholder Engagement webpage for additional details, including the registration link.

September 06, 2022

CMS Announces New Openings for Hospices to Participate in Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation (HOPE) Beta Test

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and their contractor, Abt Associates, are recruiting additional Medicare-certified hospice providers to participate in a beta test of the draft hospice patient assessment instrument called Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation (HOPE). Recruitment is ongoing. Training will occur on a rolling basis. Data collection begins when training is completed and continues until the target number of HOPE assessments are completed, which we anticipate will be early fall 2022. The detailed recruitment announcement is available on CMS’s Hospice QRP Provider and Stakeholder Engagement webpage. Those interested in participating should email HOPETesting@abtassoc.com. The HOPE development work is conducted under CMS contract number 75FCMC18D0014 and task order number 75FCMC19F0001.

August 31, 2022

Care Compare Quarterly Refresh – August 2022

The August 2022 quarterly refresh for the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) is now available on Care Compare.

The Hospice Visits in the Last Days of Life (HVLDL) and the Hospice Care Index (HCI) claims-based measures are now publicly displayed. In addition, CAHPS Star Ratings are now publicly displayed on Care Compare.

For additional information, please see the FY 2022 Hospice Wage Index Final Rule at Hospice Center. Please visit the Hospice Background and Announcements webpage to review the Claims-Based Measures Questions and Answers downloadable (PDF) for more information on the HCI and HVLDL.

August 30, 2022

Two updated documents Getting Started with HQRP CASPER QM Reports and Getting Started with Review and Correct Reports are now available on the HQRP Requirements and Best Practices webpage.

These updates add new screenshots with detailed explanations of the most current reports available to providers and will help in understanding and using the reports. These revised documents are located on the HQRP Requirements and Best Practices webpage in the Provider Toolkit section of the Downloads.

August 23, 2022

Updated Quality Measure (QM) User’s Manual and Quality Measure Change Table available

Version 1.01 of the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) QM User’s Manual and an HQRP QM User’s Manual V1.00 to V1.01 Change Table are now available. These documents reflect updates to the language in the manual to add clarity based on hospice provider questions about the quality measures finalized in the FY 2022 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Update Final Rule, which was published on July 30, 2021. These documents are available in the Downloads section of the Current Measures webpage.

August 17, 2022

NOW AVAILABLE IN Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES) - Preview Reports for the November 2022 Refresh

Providers can now access the latest Provider Preview Reports via the Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reports (CASPER) application. Once released in CASPER, providers will have 30 days during which to review their quality measure results. Although the actual “preview period” is 30 days, the reports will continue to be available for another 30 days, or a total of 60 days. The preview period for the latest Provider Preview Report lasts from August 17, 2022 to September 16, 2022. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) encourages providers to download and save their Hospice Provider Preview Reports for future reference, as they will no longer be available in CASPER after this 60-day period.

Learn more about the Provider Preview Report Hospice Item Set (HIS) and Claims-based measures here and about the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers & Systems (CAHPS®) Preview Report here. Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) Key Dates for Providers can be found here.

August 3, 2022

On July 26, 2022, the National Quality Forum (NQF) endorsed the claims-based measure, Hospice Visits in the Last Days of Life, or HVLDL as NQF #3645. NQF is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan, membership-based organization that facilitates an evidence- and consensus-based approach to endorsing quality measures. HVLDL reflects the proportion of hospice patients who received in-person visits from a registered nurse or a medical social worker on at least 2 of the final 3 days of life. HVLDL is the re-specified measure replacing the HIS-based measure Hospice Visits When Death is Imminent (HVWDII). Public reporting for HVLDL will begin in August 2022 and will replace public reporting of HVWDII.

More information, including a link to the NQF website, can be found on the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) Quality Measure Development webpage.

HQRP: Hospice Care Index Measure (HCI) Informational Video

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proud to introduce a new video describing the Hospice Care Index (HCI) measure. This video provides an overview of the new HCI claims-based measure, which combines several quality indicators into a single index score that patients and families can readily use to compare their hospice options. With the inclusion of this measure, the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) offers patients, families, and caregivers a more comprehensive and holistic view when making decisions about hospice care.

You can access the video here: https://youtu.be/qFeo2OMRXDk

HQRP Explanatory Video

CMS has released a new video resource providing an overview of the HQRP. The video introduces the purpose of the HQRP, how data is collected for use in HQRP, and the quality measures included in HQRP. You can access the video on the CMS YouTube channel here: https://youtu.be/nfcq80J6csw

July 29, 2022

HQRP Quarterly Update for 2nd Quarter of 2022 is Available

The Hospice Quarterly Update for the second quarter of 2022 is now available. This update includes Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) highlights from April 2022 to June 2022, events and engagement opportunities for the third quarter of 2022 (July – September 2022), 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.

July 27, 2022

Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Hospice Payment Rate Update Final Rule (CMS-1773-F)

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule (CMS-1773-F).

For the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP), the final rule provides an update on the development of a patient assessment instrument, titled Hospice Outcomes and Patient Evaluation (HOPE). This includes an update on the beta testing and derivatives that will be achieved during this phase of testing, such as burden estimates and timepoints for collection, as well as additional outreach efforts that will be conducted during and after beta testing and during our planned adoption process. CMS also discusses potential future quality measures within the HQRP based on HOPE and administrative data, including HOPE-based process measures and hybrid quality measures, which could be based upon multiple sources that include HOPE, claims and other data sources. CMS appreciates the public comments we received on these updates.

This rule provides an update on testing conducted for the CAHPS® Hospice Survey, which is used to collect data on experiences of hospice care from primary caregivers of hospice patients. In particular, CMS is providing an update on a survey-mode experiment whose goal was to test the effect of adding a web-based mode to the CAHPS® Hospice Survey.

In this final rule, we note our appreciation of public comments we received on our request for information on a number of questions related to improving health equity in hospices and on a potential future structural measure under consideration for the HQRP. Public input is very valuable for the continuing development of CMS’ health equity quality measurement efforts and broader commitment to health equity; a key pillar of our strategic vision as further described here, https://www.cms.gov/files/document/health-equity-fact-sheet.pdf (PDF) (PDF).

The final rule displayed on July 27, 2022 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 the hospice webpage here: http://www.cms.gov/Center/Provider- Type/Hospice-Center.html.

July 22, 2022

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and their contractor, Abt Associates, are recruiting additional Medicare-certified hospice providers to participate in a beta test of the draft hospice patient assessment instrument called Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation (HOPE). Recruitment is ongoing. Training will occur mid-July 2022, with data collection slated to begin in August 2022, and continue through fall 2022. The detailed recruitment announcement is available on CMS's Hospice QRP Provider and Stakeholder Engagement webpage. Those interested in participating should email HOPETesting@abtassoc.com. The HOPE development work is conducted under CMS contract number 75FCMC18D0014 and task order number 75FCMC19F0001.

July 15, 2022

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

Abt Associates is currently recruiting a wide range of hospice, home health, and health equity stakeholders to participate in a Technical Expert Panel (TEP). The detailed recruitment announcement is available on CMS’ Hospice QRP Provider and Stakeholder Engagement webpage.

July 13, 2022

Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP): Non-Compliance Notifications

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is providing notifications to hospices that were determined to be out of compliance with Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) requirements for calendar year (CY) 2021, which will affect their fiscal year (FY) 2023 Annual Payment Update (APU). Non-compliance notifications will be distributed by the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and will be placed into hospices’ Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reporting system (CASPER) folders in Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES) on July 13, 2022. Hospices that receive a letter of non-compliance may submit a request for reconsideration to CMS via email no later than 11:59 pm, August 11, 2022. 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.

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.

July 1, 2022

Hospice Care Index Technical Report Now Available

The Hospice Care Index (HCI) Technical Report is now available. This report provides descriptive analyses and detailed contextual information about the new HCI quality measure. Please navigate to the Downloads section of the Current Measures webpage to access this report.

 

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