Bill Dombi named president of National Association of Home Care & Hospice

The National Association of Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) this on Tuesday announced the appointment of its new president.
Bill Dombi, who had been serving as interim president since August 2017, was officially appointed to the role of president by the NAHC board of directors. Dombi was previously NAHC’s vice president for law.
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Hospice QRP: HIS Freeze February 15

CMS announced that the freeze date for submitting corrections/modifications to the Hospice Item Set (HIS) for the May 2018 Hospice Compare refresh is February 15, 2018. The May refresh will include HIS data from Q3 2016 to Q2 2017 and CAHPS data from Q2 2015- Q1 2017. Please note, CAHPS dates refer to patients’ dates of death.
All records, need to be submitted and accepted by the Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES) Assessment Submission and …

HQRP Fiscal Year 2020 Requirements Fact Sheet, Quarterly Update available

This fact sheet outlines specific compliance requirements for Hospice Item Set (HIS) and Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) for the Fiscal Year 2020 reporting year (data collection period 1/1/18 -12/31/18), to support providers in compliance with HQRP requirements
The HQRP Quarterly Update features frequently asked questions that were received by the Hospice Quality Help Desk during the fourth quarter of 2017, as well as general HQRP updates and events from the fourth quarter, …

VA, HHS announce partnership to strengthen prevention of fraud, waste and abuse efforts

On January 23, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and HHS announced a partnership to share data, data analytics tools, and best practices for identifying and preventing fraud, waste and abuse. This newest partnership enhances ongoing efforts between the country’s two largest public-private health-care payment organizations to help America’s veterans by leveraging the gains made by CMS. VA plans to capitalize on the advancements in analytics CMS has made by concentrating on its use …