New version of HIS manual is now available

Source: Home Health Line.
The new version of the Hospice Item Set (HIS) manual — V2.01 — is now available.
The manual was has “refined guidance for completing the HIS based on frequently asked questions from the Hospice Quality Help Desk,” CMS notes on the Hospice Quality Reporting Program website. “Note that no updates were made to HIS items or the HIS itself (i.e., no HIS items have been added, deleted, or changed). Instead, additional guidance based …

Hospices’ scores on Hospice CAHPS measures

With Hospice CAHPS data, no scores changed during the latest refresh of Hospice Compare.

Hospice Compare’s latest update was Nov. 30. It gets refreshed quarterly.

Hospice CAHPS data were collected between Jan. 1, 2016, and Dec. 31, 2017.

Measure

November 2018 score

August 2018 score

May 2018 score

February 2018 score

Emotional and spiritual support

90%

90%

89%

89%

Rating of this hospice

81%

81%

81%

80%

Willing to recommend this hospice

85%

85%

85%

84%

Treating patient with respect

91%

91%

91%

91%

Help for pain and symptoms

75%

75%

75%

75%

Communication with family

80%

80%

80%

80%

Getting timely help

78%

78%

78%

78%

Training family to care for patient

75%

75%

75%

75%

Source: Hospice Compare

CMS works with states, facilities to identify and address potential cases of inadequate staffing

CMS released a memo today regarding staffing in nursing facilities:
Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced actions that will bolster nursing home oversight and improve transparency in order to ensure that facilities are staffed adequately to provide high-quality care. These actions include sharing data with states when potential issues arise regarding staffing levels and the availability of onsite registered nurses; clarifying how facilities should report hours and deduct time for staff meal …