CMS’ Hospice Quality Reporting Program has new and updated resources

New and updated resources are available for the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP):

Getting Started with HQRP: Detailed information on the requirements of Hospice Item Set (HIS) and Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems® (CAHPS®). Designed especially for new providers and staff, this document gives comprehensive detail on the background of each requirement, data submission deadlines, possible exemptions, and tips for compliance.
HQRP Activities Checklist: A quick reference for hospice providers, outlining a checklist of …

HIPAA “Wall of Shame” tops 2,000

The following is from Home Health Line. For more news and information on home health and hospice, visit homehealthline.decisionhealth.com.

The feds’ dishonor roll of entities that have sustained a HIPAA breach of 500 individuals or more has topped 2,000 for the first time.
If you go directly to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Breach Portal: Notice to the Secretary of HHS Breach of Unsecured Protected Health Information — informally …

Update your complaint process: New CoP requires investigation, documentation

The following is from Home Health Line. For more news and information on home health and hospice, visit homehealthline.decisionhealth.com.
Agencies should educate staff and patients now to ensure compliance with new complaint process expectations outlined in the revised Home Health Conditions of Participation (CoPs).
There’s plenty of work to do between training and tweaking certain forms, policies and possibly your entire complaint process. So agencies shouldn’t wait to prepare until interpretive guidelines are released late this year, …

Deadline coming for hospices to submit reconsideration requests if they received noncompliance letters on QRP

The following is from Home Health Line. For more news and information on home health and hospice, visit homehealthline.decisionhealth.com.
 
Hospices that received letters from CMS indicating they failed to meet the 2016 calendar year quality reporting requirements must act quickly if they decide to submit reconsideration requests.
If your hospice doesn’t email in its reconsideration request by 11:59 p.m. PST Aug. 17, that means your hospice accepts its noncompliance.
To comply with quality reporting requirements, hospices had to …