CMS adds future hospice quality measure development to Provider Engagement Opportunities webpage

By Home Health Line.
CMS on its website has added a portion about future quality measure development for hospices.
“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),” according to a post on CMS’ website. “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 …

CMS posts hospice quality reporting program quick reference guide

By Home Health Line.
CMS has recently posted a two-page “Hospice Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Quick Reference Guide” that includes frequently asked questions, information about the quality reporting program help desks and helpful links to additional resources about quality reporting.
View the guide at

Reconsideration requests under quality reporting program now electronic-only

by Home Health Line.
Agencies looking to have a Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) reconsider the decision to reduce the agency’s annual payment update over noncompliance with the home health quality reporting program (HHQRP) now have only one option: to submit the request letter electronically.
Agencies that do not submit the required quality data for the HHQRP will have their annual payment update decreased by two percentage points, according to CMS.
Previously, agencies could submit reconsideration requests by …

New OIG report once again hammers hospice industry about general inpatient care

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A new report from the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) contends that while hospice care can provide great comfort to patients and their loved ones, the industry has vulnerabilities that affect program integrity and the quality of care.
While recommendations within the July 31 report come in response to prior evaluations, audits and investigative work — nothing new — it’s still important for hospices to pay close attention, says …