CMS vows to stop hospitals from blocking nursing home requests for patient information

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released several proposals in a blog post dated February 8, 2019, to help increase interoperability between hospitals and LTC facilities and remove silos that prevent SNFs and nursing homes from getting the information they need to care for patients. The agency is accepting comments on the requests for information and proposed rule until early April (exact date to be announced).
One proposal aims to set up “trust networks” …

CMS releases tables detailing the 2019 quality measures for home health

Source: Home Health Line
CMS has published updated details on potentially avoidable events, process and outcome measures for 2019. The updated tables also include details on star-ratings measures and quality measures new to Home Health Compare in 2019.
Claims-based outcome measures “Medicare spending per beneficiary” and “Discharge to community” are joining the ranks of publicly reported measures on Home Health Compare in 2019.
Two measures joining Home Health Compare in 2021 are also detailed in the updated tables. …

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