Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) Information
December 24, 2013 12:01 PM
Hospices are winding down the 2013 Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) data collection period. For calendar year 2013 hospices are collecting data on the Pain Measure (NQF #209). Reporting for this measure and the structural measure will begin on January 1, 2014 and run through April 1, 2014. The latter date is the final date hospices can submit data. Failure to submit data may result in a two percent reduction to the annual payment update for the hospice for FY2015.
The Technical User’s Guide for this data submission process is now available here. Providers must first register for an account, which will be possible beginning January 1, 2014. Hospices that registered for an account for data submission that occurred in early 2013 will need to register again for the 2014 reporting period as all previous accounts have been deactivated.
In calendar year 2014, hospices will begin using the Hospice Item Set (HIS). The implementation date for the HIS is July 1, 2014. Hospices will not collect data for submission to CMS between January 1, 2014 and June 30, 2014. Hospices will use this time to submit their 2013 quality data and prepare for implementation of the HIS.
There was a special breakout session during CMS’ Open Door Forum call on December 11, 2013 regarding the HQRP. During this session, CMS reviewed the HQRP reporting requirements and provided information about the HIS. The HIS consists of two quality records, the HIS Admission and the HIS Discharge. CMS will conduct trainings on the HIS on the afternoons of Feb. 4 and 5, 2014 and conduct a HIS Technical Training in May 2014.
HIS Data Collection Training – this training will be geared toward teaching providers how to complete the two HIS records. The training will cover each item in the HIS including instruction for how to complete each item, examples for each item and a question and answer session.
HIS Technical Training – this training will be held in May 2014. Date and time to be announced. The training will cover topics such as registration, obtaining user IDs, submitting HIS files to the QIES ASAP system and reviewing final validation reports.
The trainings in February will be video-streamed live and recorded for future viewing. Registration information will be posted as it becomes available. CMS will be releasing a User’s Manual for the HIS in late January. We will forward this information to you when it is released.