CMS Provides Hospice Item Set Update
October 25, 2013 09:46 AM
A Hospice Item Set (HIS) Fact Sheet was posted to the Hospice Quality page of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) website. The Fact Sheet provides a general overview of the HIS as well as some suggestions for implementation. The HIS is one component of the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) and is used to collect data on seven hospice quality measures.
All Medicare certified hospices must implement the HIS beginning July 1, 2014. Detailed information on the HIS can be found in the August 6, 2013 edition of NAHC Report. Providers can also find information on the hospice page of the CMS website and the QTSO hospice website.
The Fact Sheet underscores that the HIS is a data collection tool and not a patient assessment instrument. Hospices will collect data on the HIS for each patient at admission (Admission HIS) and at discharge (Discharge HIS). Hospices will then submit that data to CMS electronically. The Fact Sheet answers the questions surrounding the timeframe for completion and submission of the HIS.
Specifically, hospices will have 14 days from the patient’s admission date to complete the HIS-Admission record and seven days from the patient’s discharge date to complete the HIS-Discharge record. After completing HIS records, hospices will electronically submit HIS records to CMS; hospices will have 30 days from a patient admission or discharge to submit the appropriate HIS record for that patient. Details on completion and submission processes will be addressed in a technical user manual that CMS will publish in the future. There will also be a HIS user’s manual and one CMS-hosted webinar in February 2014.
NAHC and HAA will continue to monitor notifications of release of the user manuals and date of the webinar training and provide updates via the NAHC Member Listserv, NAHC Report, and Hospice Notes.