Hospice QRP: Quarterly update document now available

The HQRP Quarterly Update document for the third quarter (July-September) of 2017 is now available in the “Downloads” section of the HQRP Requirements and Best Practices webpage. This document was formerly referred to as the “HQRP Quarterly Q+A document”, and was formerly posted on the “Hospice Item Set (HIS)” webpage.
This document reflects frequently asked questions that were received by the Hospice Quality Help Desk during the third quarter of 2017, as well as general HQRP …

Hospice item set data 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 2018 Hospice Compare refresh is November 15, 2017. The February refresh will include HIS data from Q2 2016 to Q1 2017 (4/1/16-3/31/17). All HIS records, including modifications/corrections and inactivation’s, 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. 11/15/17 …

November is Home Care and Hospice month

Did you know that Medicare covers a wide range of health care services that can be provided in the home to treat an illness or injury for homebound beneficiaries who require skilled services? In addition, hospice care empowers people with life-limiting illnesses to remain at home, surrounded and supported by family and loved ones. Talk to your Medicare patients about appropriate home care and hospice services.
For More Information:

Home Health Prospective Payment System Fact Sheet
Medicare Home …

Recruitment for pilot testing of the Hospice Quality Reporting Program

HEART Comprehensive Patient Assessment Instrument is now open. Deadline for applications is October 31, 2017.
More information about the pilot, and the interest form to participate in the pilot, can be found in the “HEART Pilot Information and Recruitment Notification” and the “HEART Pilot Interest Form” available here: http://go.cms.gov/2hZzB4y.